Adoption

New York Adoption Lawyer

Adoption is an exciting time in any family, yet it also involves important legal issues. It is important to seek an adoption lawyer who understands the magnitude of adoption, handles the issue with sensitivity, and works hard to protect your legal rights.

I’m New York attorney Andrew Szczesniak. I handle many cases of adoption, including step-parent and second parent adoption, and enjoy shepherding clients through the process. Because of my genuine interest in the welfare of children, I have represented children in court for a good portion of my career. I have the knowledge and experience to clearly explain the issues and your options concerning adoption. Contact me today for quality, cost-effective legal counsel and advice.

In stepparent adoption, either the birth parent’s rights must be terminated or the consent of the birth parent is necessary. All financial and legal responsibility for the adopted child is transferred from the non-custodial parent, who is then released from parental responsibility. The following issues must be considered:

  • Obtaining voluntary consent from the non-custodial birth parent; or
  • Ascertaining the feasibility of seeking judicial decision on whether the birth parents’ consent is necessary

Sometimes, even with the best of intentions, a birth parent may withhold consent to an adoption, thereby giving the child an uncertain future. At such times, if proper legal grounds exist, the only option may be litigation. I have represented both adoptive parents, birth parents and adopted children throughout my career. My many years of trial experience in our courts qualifies me to take this drastic step, when necessary.

In the past, many persons would file for a re-adoption in New York, following their adoption of a child in a foreign country. This was a time-consuming and expensive process. However, due to a recent change in the law, this process has now been streamlined and simplified. This translates into savings for the client and makes this process something which every affected person should now consider. Please contact me if you would like more information about this area.

I am a New York family law attorney who is skilled, experienced, and capable of handling your family law matters, as well as probate and estate administration.

If you are considering adopting a child, contact me, Andrew W. Szczesniak

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