Assisting Families With Adoptions
Making a child a permanent part of your life is an exciting endeavor. It is also one that comes with numerous legal requirements and responsibilities. Failing to complete the right steps in the proper way can create unnecessary turmoil and headaches. Even worse, legal mistakes could result in losing the child you hoped to keep forever.
If you are considering adoption in New Jersey, turn to the Somerset County law firm of Hanan M Isaacs. Our lawyers have more than three decades of experience in a wide array of family law issues. We are here to provide the comprehensive and insightful legal counsel you need to successfully navigate the process and welcome a new child into your home. Call 609-683-7400 to arrange a consultation today.
Exploring Various Ways to Adopt a Child in New Jersey
Our attorneys can advise and assist you with many different options. Depending on your situation, you may want to pursue:
- Private or independent adoption — This route offers many benefits. It is far more flexible than most agency adoptions and can make it possible for both the biological parents and the adopting parents to develop creative relationship arrangements. Sometimes the biological mother will even be allowed to visit the child on occasion. In addition, private adoptions place no restrictions on prospective parents. You do not need to be under a certain age, be married for a certain length of time or meet other requirements that an agency might insist upon.
- Stepparent adoption — If your spouse has a child from a previous relationship, your spouse and you (and the child or children) may wish to formalize the parent-child relationship with you. These types of cases are typically much easier because one of the biological parents is still in the picture.
- Agency adoption — Adoption agencies exist statewide and nationwide, helping connect prospective parents with the child who meets their stated needs. Foster and Adoption Services (FAS) in New Jersey is one option for identifying and adopting a child currently in foster care.
One of the most important steps in any type of adoption is legally terminating the rights of the biological parent(s). We can assist you with all the details involved in severing the old relationship and establishing a new one, including representing you in any disputes with the birth mother or biological father.
Learn More by Arranging a Consultation Today
We invite you to arrange a consultation with one of the family lawyers at Hanan M Isaacs, by emailing our office or calling us at 609-683-7400 toll free. We accept all major credit cards (except for Amex) and offer general appointments from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, or at pre-arranged evening appointment times.