Adoption Assistance Lawyers in New Jersey
Types of Adoption
Let the knowledgeable adoption attorneys at our New Jersey law firm guide you through adoption proceedings, assist with filing the proper paperwork, and help you with any challenges you may encounter throughout the process. There are several types of adoption, and the approach you take will dictate the degree of legal assistance you may require to complete the adoption process:
Public Agency Adoption
In most cases, this type of adoption refers to foster child adoption through a public agency funded by the state of New Jersey or individual counties. There are many regulations for these types of adoptions, making it helpful to have an attorney who can guide you through the process.
Private Agency Adoption
These agencies are licensed with the state and provide services during the adoption process. There is usually an additional cost when working with a private agency. It can be helpful to have an attorney assist you during the process.
Direct / Independent Adoption
Independent or direct adoption means that the adoption is carried out without the involvement of a public or private agency. This type of adoption must be carried out with the help of an adoption lawyer familiar with the New Jersey regulations.
Stepparents who play a significant role in their stepchildren’s lives may choose to adopt the children and become their legal guardian. In these cases, the biological, non-custodial parent must relinquish parental rights before the adoption can progress. A lawyer is always required for these types of adoptions to file legal paperwork and assist during hearings.
International / Foreign Adoption
Adopting children from countries outside of the United States can be a complicated process. Due to immigration issues and complex legal matters it is best to employ the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. A private adoption agency may or may not be involved.
If you are considering adoption and live in New Jersey, the attorneys of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza & Thompson can provide the skilled assistance you need every step of the way. Our lawyers have experience handling all types of adoption and are dedicated to providing you and your family with the comprehensive legal services you need. Contact our law offices in Hopatcong, Hamburg, and Newton, New Jersey today for more information about adoption.
The Adoption Process
Every adoption is different and the exact process will depend upon the unique circumstances surrounding your adoption. Generally speaking, before an adoption can become legal, the new parent(s) must appeal to the appropriate New Jersey court for approval of the adoption, have consent from all involved parties and complete a court adoption hearing. Depending upon the type of adoption you are proceeding with, our lawyers can help ensure that each step of legal process moves along as smoothly as possible.
Guardians for Children
When parents are no longer able to care for their child, a guardian must be appointed to assume the parental role. The guardian(s) is responsible for protecting and providing caring for the child, in addition to making decisions that reflect the best interests of the child. The guardian can be appointed by the child’s parent or ask the court to be made the child’s guardian; the judge will make the final decision. If you are a parent seeking to appoint a guardian for your child or a potential guardian looking for legal advice, contact the attorneys at our New Jersey law firm. There are different types of legal guardians and a lawyer can help you determine which guardianship designation is most appropriate for your situation and/or assist you during the court appointment process. Our estate planning attorneys can also draft wills that appoint legal guardians in the event of death or severe illness.
Our family law attorneys can help obtain a legal name change in cases in conjunction with adoptions, as well as in divorce cases and for other reasons. The law concerning name changes varies from state to state; we can provide expert advice on the laws for New Jersey.
Contact an Adoption Attorney in New Jersey
Our team of attorneys is experienced in both straightforward and complex adoption cases and qualified to handle intricate cases involving divorce, child custody, and legal issues involving biological parents. If you are involved in, or considering adoption in New Jersey, we recommend that you contact The Law Offices of Gruber, Colabella, Liuzza & Thompson to speak with a lawyer who can advise you about your rights and legal responsibilities in an adoption.