Monmouth County Stepparent Adoption Lawyer
Today, families come in all shapes and sizes. They range from single-parent households to blended families made up of stepparents and stepchildren. The relationships in these families can be deeply rewarding, and often provide loving, stable bonds for a lifetime.
Particularly when one biological parent is out of the picture, a stepparent can be a child’s parent in every important way. In such cases, many stepparents would like to formally adopt their spouse’s children from past relationships. This form of adoption, called stepparent adoption, has quickly grown to be the most common form of adoption in the United States.
At the New Jersey Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq., we help families establish the important legal relationship of parent and child through the process of stepparent adoption. The process of adopting a step child can be complex, however with more than 30 years of family law experience, attorney Jeffrey W. Goldblatt has the skill to guide you through the process as smoothly as possible.
Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq.
732-238-8700 East Brunswick | 732-780-9333 Freehold | Fill out our online intake form
What Does Stepparent Adoption Involve?
As with any adoption, a stepparent adoption is based on an agreement to become fully responsible for your step child for the rest of your life. The relationship is not dependent on the marriage - after the adoption is final, the law permanently recognizes you as the child’s parent.
You will have all of the rights and responsibilities of a parent, including the authority to make choices about your child’s welfare, education, medical care, and other needs, along with the obligation to support your child financially. Your child will gain all of the legal rights any child has in relation to his or her parents, including inheritance rights.
Your child’s noncustodial biological parent will no longer have any rights or responsibilities for the child. He or she is no longer obligated to pay child support or have child custody or visitation rights.
If your step child’s other parent is alive and has parental rights, those parental rights will need to be terminated before the adoption can proceed. In some cases, biological parents freely give up their parental rights. In other situations, the biological parent’s parental rights may be terminated by a court, providing the parent can be shown to be unfit or has had no contact with the child.
If you are considering stepparent adoption, our firm can help you assess the situation, explain your options, and help you make the best choice for your family.
We work to complete stepparent adoptions as efficiently as possible and at a reasonable cost. Contact the Law Offices of Jeffrey W. Goldblatt Esq. to arrange a consultation at our Freehold or East Brunswick law offices. We understand the time constraints many families face and make ourselves available for evening and weekend appointments as needed.