Adopting a Child and ART

If you seek to adopt a child, you will be faced with a choice: use a licensed adoption agency or use an independent adoption facilitator who acts as a ... read more
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Stepparent Adoptions
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Second Parent Adoptions
Couples who are not in a legally recognized relationship—marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership—may continue to face challenges when trying to plan their family through adoption. ... Read more

Can You Adopt an Adult?
Learn more about adopting someone over the age of 18. ... Read more

Do I Need a Lawyer to Adopt?
Many prospective adoptive parents wonder if they should hire a lawyer to help them through the process. ... Read more

Different Types of Adoption
Beginning the adoption process is an exciting—and often very emotional— time in your life. It's important to learn about the various types of adoption. ... Read more

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What kind of contact has the biological father had with the child? Has he paid child support or otherwise supported the child?

A child that was placed for adoption and who was legally adopted by another family will not receive a share of an intestate estate. An intestate estate is one where the person dies without a will. &nb ...Read more

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NJ Supreme Court says Indigent Parents need representation in adoption case

The New Jersey Supreme Court just issued a decision only yesterday affirming that a parent who previously placed her child in foster care had a right to free legal counsel when the foster care agency ... Read more

Adoption

Unlike divorce, child custody and child support matters, adoption is a family law process that rarely involves conflict. Placing a child in need of a family with a parent or parents to love, raise and ... Read more

Obtaining Pre-Adoption Birth Information: A Window into the Past

Pennsylvania law provides adoptees the ability to access certain kinds of "pre-adoption" birth information under certain circumstances.  For adoptees, this opens up an extraordinary opp ... Read more

Adoption Procedures in Pennsylvania: Local Rules for Orphan’s Court in Lehigh County

Under Pennsylvania law, adoptions are regulated by the state law statutory scheme set forth in the "Adoption Act."  In addition, each county provides its own set of "local rules&qu ... Read more

Legal Ethics

Appraising All Parties of Their Rights and Obligations Adoptions and Surrogacy Agreements raise substantial ethical considerations. Particularly in the case of Surrogacy Agreements, the parties are es ... Read more

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