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For gay and lesbian parents, it is important to ensure both of your parental rights are fully protected.
Even though you may both be on your child's birth certificate, a second parent adoption ensures that your parental rights will be legally recognized in all states. Having both of your names on your child's birth certificate does NOT replace having a Final Judgment of Adoption that declares you both to be the legal parents of your child.
The second parent adoption process varies by county in New Jersey.
In general, it does require a background check and may require a home study. We will assist with locating a licensed adoption agency to prepare the report for the court to confirm that the second parent adoption is in the "best interest of the child," which is the standard courts use in making determinations regarding children. An appearance in court will be required, but the second parent adoption process is generally much simpler than an adoption that involves a termination of parental rights.
Finalizing your second parent adoption.
A second parent adoption occurs after the birth of your child. When the second parent adoption is complete, the court will issue a Final Judgement of Adoption.
Schedule a initial, confidential consultation now to review your personal circumstances and to discuss the anticipated process for you to proceed with a second parent adoption. Call us at 201-749-7848.
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