New York City Stepparent Adoption Lawyer

New York Second-Parent Adoption Attorneys

At the office of Khan & Yau, P.C., our experienced adoption attorneys will guide you through the process for a stepparent, relative or second-parent adoption. Adoption for both parents ensures that each parent gets the same rights as a biological parent, i.e. there is no legal distinction between an adoptive parent and a biological parent. If the relationship is not legal, the stepparent or relative has no automatic parental rights to the child, and will be unable to make medical or education decisions for the child.

Stepparent Adoption in New York

. There are two steps for a stepparent adoption; first, the adopting parent must be willing to assume financial and legal responsibility for the child, and second, the biological parent has to consent to the adoption or have his or her rights terminated because of neglect, abuse or abandonment.

The adoptive parent will need to go through a home study, a criminal background check, and a drug and alcohol screening before the court will approve the adoption. In New York, a child over the age of 14 can challenge an adoption.

Contact Our New York City Stepparent Adoption Attorneys

Contact our experienced lawyers to schedule a consultation. Call 212-401-6298 or send us an e-mail. Appointments are available during evenings by request. For your convenience, we have two offices to serve you: One at 48th and Madison Avenue in New York City, near Grand Central Station, and an office in White Plains.

We speak Mandarin Chinese, Urdu, Hindi and Punjabi.