Adoption

There is no greater service we can provide our clients than to assist them in bringing a new child into their homes through the adoption process. Because this is such a momentous decision, it is important the process goes as smoothly as possible. There are a large number of legal requirements that must first be met before the adoption will be approved. Also, the rights of all parties concerned must be addressed.

The experienced family law attorneys at Cipriano Law Offices, P.C., understand the legal requirements for adopting a child in New Jersey. We assist in public and private adoptions. In matters where parental termination is necessary before the adoption can take place, we will provide representation and guidance regarding the best method for achieving this goal.

Handling A Wide Variety Of Adoption Cases

Cipriano Law Offices, P.C. provides a wide range of legal services for prospective parents. We handle cases involving:

  • Stepparent adoptions of children
  • Grandparent adoptions
  • Private placement adoption services
  • Same-sex couples seeking to adopt
  • New Jersey agency adoptions
  • Out-of-state adoptions

Before taking any steps toward adopting a child, we will speak to you about your personal circumstances. We will advise you regarding your options and make certain you understand the adoption process. As lawyers who routinely try family law matters in New Jersey courts, we can represent you in contested adoption matters as well.

Same-Sex Couple Adoptions

In New Jersey, sexual orientation cannot be used as a reason to deny your right to adopt a child. We will fight for your right to pursue your family goals to raise a child and help you through any legal obstacles that may arise.

Looking After The Best Interests Of The Child

All adoption decisions revolve around what would be best for the child. Sadly, the biological parent of a child may not be able to fulfill their parental duties. In such circumstances, a stepparent, grandparent or other concerned party may seek to adopt the child. This cannot take place, however, until termination of the biological parents' rights occurs.

In any circumstance, the court will examine the state of the household of the prospective adoptive parents. Just as in child custody matters, the court will look at the health, educational and emotional needs of the child to determine if the placement is a good fit.

Contact Our Family Law Attorneys

To schedule an appointment to discuss an adoption matter, please contact our Essex County office by calling 973-852-3346 or sending an email to our office.