If you are planning to adopt a child, it is important to retain legal counsel who is familiar with the state laws and local courts. Otherwise, you may find that an exciting life event becomes marred by a maze of legalities.
At Purcell, Krug & Haller, our stepparent adoption attorneys in Harrisburg and Hershey understand the process and can help guide you through all of the requirements. We have handled thousands of family law cases, including cases for same-sex spouses retaining adoption counsel.
Dedicated Help With Stepparent And Private Adoptions: Traditional And Same-Sex Couples
While we do not do agency adoptions, we do handle private adoptions and those involving stepparents. Our knowledgeable legal team is ready to help your family grow.
It is fairly common for stepparents to establish legal rights to their spouses' children. And now, same-sex spouses may also legally adopt just as any other stepparent in Pennsylvania.
Terminating the parental rights of your spouse's former partner may be necessary before the adoption can occur. Our lawyers can draft a consent form for the voluntary relinquishment of parental rights for the other parent to sign. We will then follow through on the adoption by the stepparent.
If the other parent refuses to sign away his or her rights or is unable to do so, we can petition the court for an involuntary relinquishment of parental rights. We provide the skill and experience you need in these sometimes complicated cases.
Not all adoptions occur through the use of agencies. We can also help with private or third-party adoptions. This process is used when unrelated third parties attempt to adopt a child after the biological parents have given up their parental rights. We will walk you through the process every step of the way to ensure that you do not experience any surprises.
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If you are a stepparent who wishes to adopt your spouse's child or if you are engaged in a private adoption, we can help. Please email or call us at 717-260-3485 or toll free at 866-586-6058.