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Adoption

Nicholas P. Weiss, Esq.

An adoption is the legal process of taking another person’s child into your own family, treating the child as your own, and giving the child all the rights and duties of your own child.

Adoptions can be a confusing, trying, but ultimately rewarding experience. The attorneys at Fanger & Associates, LLC can help you navigate the procedures necessary to secure an adoption, whether through an independent agency, the adoption of a relative, or the adoption of a step-child.

In all adoptions a Court will make inquiries into the background of the prospective adoptive parents. These inquiries can include criminal background checks, credit checks, interviews with friends and family, and a requirement that the prospective adoptive parent provide references to substantiate that they can care for a child. The attorneys at Fanger & Associates, LLC will advise the adoptive parent and represent the adoptive parent’s interests in this otherwise confusing process.

We are available to assist in prospective step-parent adoptions. Step-parent adoptions are slightly different from other adoptions in that all biological parents must ordinarily consent to the adoption. However, there are certain circumstances in which a prospective adoptive step-parent can successfully argue that a biological parent’s consent is not required. Our attorneys can help convince a Court that a biological parent’s consent is unnecessary, and help you secure the adoption of your step-child despite the unavailability or objections of a biological parent.


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