There are many different ways that same-sex couples can adopt children in Pennsylvania. One of the most common is a second-parent adoption, in which a child who is the biological or adopted child of one parent is adopted by the second parent who lives in the same home. Same-sex couples can also adopt a child who is not related to either parent.
At the Law Office of Stephen Ross, our attorneys provide compassionate, personalized and experienced representation for same-sex couples and second parents seeking to adopt a child in southeastern Pennsylvania. We offer flat fees so you will know your adoption costs upfront. Contact us to talk to an adoption lawyer about your second parent adoption or other type of adoption.
What Rights Does a Second Parent Have?
Children born into families headed by same-sex partners have only one biological parent in the household. The parent who is not biologically related is the second parent. By adopting the child, the second parent can secure the same parental rights as the biological parent.
Our lawyers are here to guide you through the steps of adoption in Pennsylvania, including home studies, criminal background checks and child abuse clearances. You should be aware that in addition to the rights you will have all of the legal responsibilities of a birth parent. In the event you and your partner break up, you may be required to provide support for the adopted child and be subject to child custody proceedings and other related issues.
Contact Our Same-Sex Partnership Child Adoption Attorneys Serving Reading Pa. and the surrounding area. Discuss your case with our Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, second-parent adoption Attorneys. When you leave our first meeting, you will have a strong understanding of how your case will proceed and what our attorneys will do to meet your needs. We serve Pottstown, West Chester, Reading, Norristown, King of Prussia, Limerick, Lansdale, Spring City, Philadelphia and surrounding communities in Pennsylvania.