New York City, Westchester, and Long Island Adoption Attorneys

New York City Lawyers Facilitating Nontraditional Adoptions

"If you focus on the solution, the problems take care of themselves." — Attorney Steven J. Mandel

Adoption is often a complex legal and bureaucratic process, especially in unusual or nontraditional situations. In these cases, the advantages of having experienced legal guidance and representation are numerous. A knowledgeable New York City adoption attorney may be able to help you avoid obstacles and complications that can threaten an adoption or cause unnecessary delay and expense.

At The Mandel Law Firm, we understand the legal intricacies of adoption and are prepared to guide you through the process. Contact us today toll free at (888) 2 WIN NOW (888-294-6669) or locally at (646) 770-3868 to speak with an experienced New York City adoption lawyer.

Helping You Bring a New Member Into Your Family

The adoption attorneys at The Mandel Law Firm have helped numerous families navigate the adoption process successfully. We are specifically focused on helping those who need legal assistance in complex, unusual or difficult adoption proceedings, such as:

  • Stepparent adoptions
  • Adult adoptions involving complex issues of insurance and inheritance
  • Non-biological parent adoptions/second parent adoptions

Stepparent Adoptions

Very often a stepfather or stepmother will want to adopt their partner's children, but the other biological parent is nowhere to be found. Although having a child's other biological parent voluntarily terminate his or her parental rights is ideal, seeking termination through the courts can be done, even if the biological parent cannot be located.

Second Parent/Same Sex Couple Adoption Rights

The best thing to do, if you are not a "legal parent" but wish to become one to a child you have with your partner, is to obtain a second-parent adoption. The adoption of your non-biological child allows you, as a "second parent," to adopt a child of your partner's without the "first parent" losing any of their parental rights. This results in the child thereafter having two legal parents. This is imperative in that such an arrangement grants you, as the "adoptive parent," the same rights as the biological parent with respect to potential custody, visitation, inheritance and other matters that may arise.

Contact a Manhattan Adoption Lawyer - Schedule Your Consultation Today

We understand that no two adoptions are alike and we will tailor a legal approach to meet your specific needs. Contact us online or by telephone toll free at (888) 2 WIN NOW (888-294-6669) or locally at (646) 770-3868 to speak with a New York City adoption lawyer experienced with gay and lesbian adoptions.