The adoption process can be as exciting as it is nerve-wracking, and both adoptive parents and birth parents should not go through it without consulting with an attorney. Through adoption, a non-parent can establish a legal parental relationship with a child and a biological parent can sever his or her legal rights to a child.
Tully Rinckey PLLC’s adoption attorneys in Syracuse, N.Y. are experienced in representing both adoptive parents and birth parents in various types of adoptions, including agency, foreign, foster, private, same-sex parent, stepparent, and grandparent.
How We Can Help
The most important part of the adoption process is the surrender or termination of the birth parents’ rights. It is crucial that all the necessary surrender or termination documentation is provided and properly completed or the birth parent(s) could attempt to reclaim their child. Our adoption lawyers in Syracuse, N.Y. can assist birth parents and adoptive parents by providing the following legal services:
- Advising adoptive parents of their rights in relation to their adopted child
- Preparing adoption documents and appearing at necessary court appearances
- Ensuring all birth parent surrender/termination documents have been submitted and are properly completed
- Representing adoptive parents in litigation stemming from the birth parents’ attempt to rescind the surrender
- Assisting a party in a same-sex marriage/same-sex relationship or step-parent situation to establish a legal parental relationship with his or her partner’s child
- Acting as a liaison between the adoptive parents and public or private adoption agencies
- Advising birth parents of the rights they are surrendering through adoption
- Working with birth mothers on behalf of adopting parent in private or open adoptions
- Representing birth parents in litigation stemming from their attempt to rescind the surrender
- Negotiating open adoption agreements under which birth parents are afforded periodic updates or information about the surrendered child
Types of Adoption
Tully Rinckey PLLC’s family and matrimonial lawyers in Syracuse, N.Y. can assist adoptive parents with various types of adoptions including:
- Agency adoptions: Usually involves charities or state agencies that place children who were surrendered to them by biological parents, who are in foster care or who are wards of the state.
- Open adoptions: Occurs when the adoptive parents either directly or indirectly maintain contact with the birth parent both prior to the birth of the child and after the adoption.
- Relative, grandparent, stepparent adoptions: Permits another member of a birth parent’s family to either become an additional parental party or take over that responsibility.
- Second parent: Ideal for unmarried or same-sex couples where the non-parent wants to establish a legal parental relationship with his or her partner’s child.
The adoption lawyers at Tully Rinckey PLLC can represent adopting parents and birth parents throughout Central New York, including Syracuse, Cicero, North Syracuse, Manlius, Liverpool, East Syracuse, Cazenovia, Baldwinsville, and DeWitt. Call today to schedule a meeting with one of our adoption attorneys at 315-492-4700 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view a video about our consultation process.
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