Adoptions can be an exciting time. Whether you’re adopting a relative, such as a niece or nephew, or a stepparent wanting to adopt your stepchild, this is a moment to remember! While it is exciting, it is also a big decision and involves a technical process, as well as paperwork that affects both you and the child for life. It is not recommended to start the adoption process without a lawyer, as you want to make sure the paperwork is completed correctly and the process goes smoothly. There is nothing more heartbreaking than an adoption denial. Make it a point to contact a family lawyer who specializes in adoption. Here at Sher & Associates, we have a family law attorney on staff who can help you through the entire adoption process. As adoption attorneys, we take care of filing all the necessary paperwork, represent and guide our clients through all court appearances, and assist with obtaining a new birth certificate.
Adopting in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania allows children to be adopted through either a voluntary or an involuntary process, depending on the individual circumstances of the case. If proceeding voluntarily, appropriate consents need to be signed and time frames need to be followed. If proceeding involuntarily, it is important to establish the necessary facts and circumstances to have parental rights terminated. The child may be adopted by any unmarried adult or a married couple. However, an unmarried couple is unable to adopt a child together. Furthermore, if the child is 12 or over, it is required that the child gives their consent to the adoption.
How long do adoptions take?
Depending on the case, an adoption could take from as little as several months or as long as several years for the entire process, including any waiting periods. We will work with you through the whole process to have your adoption go as smooth and stress free as possible.
If you’re ready to move forward in adopting contact us today to schedule an appointment. We would love to work with you through this exciting time in your life!
Disclaimer: This is a simple overview of the subject matter. Please consult an attorney for legal advice about adoption.
Sher & Associates, P.C. is a law firm located in Kutztown PA that can assist you in any of the following areas: business law, real estate law, family law, equine law and estate planning. We assist many individuals, businesses and families in and around Fleetwood PA, Blandon PA, Topton PA, Hamburg PA and Oley PA.