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Adoption issues range from the straightforward step parent adoption, the agency adoption, to complicated situations involving single parent adoptions and same sex-couple adoptions. Our practice typically consists of adoption proceedings in the Surrogate’s courts.
Adoptions sometimes generate issues as to whether the adopted person is for all purposes the equivalent of a natural child.
Questions you should be asking:
- Do I need the consent of the father of my child for my new husband to adopt the child?
- Can I adopt my adult friend?
- Can I adopt a child although I am single?
A case in point:
There have been New York cases allowing unmarried same sex couples to adopt a child, based on an analysis of the best interests of the child. Here again consulting with counsel at the onset of the procedure is likely to produce the best outcome.
The adoption of an adult is less likely to succeed.