Adoption

Some of our happiest work comes from assisting parents in the adoption of their children, including stepparent and second parent adoptions for both opposite and same-sex couples.

The basic legal effect of an adoption is that the adopted child becomes, for all legal purposes, without exception, the legal child of the adopting parent or parents.

Many people are more familiar with agency adoptions, international, and foster care adoptions than they are with stepparent or second parent adoptions.

Second Parent and Stepparent Adoption

In Connecticut, a “second parent adoption,” also known as a co-parent adoption, refers to a legal process in which a child who is the biological child of one member of a couple is adopted by the member of the couple who is not yet the child’s parent.  After the adoption, the child has two legal parents.

A “stepparent adoption” is analogous to a second parent adoption, except that it requires that the couple be married.  The significant difference is that, in the case of a stepparent adoption, the home study requirement is waived unless good cause is shown.

Many of these adoptions result from the remarriage of a divorced parent whose spouse adopts his or her child from their previous marriage or relationship. Others result when a child is born via assisted reproductive technology (“ART”), and only one spouse is the biological parent of a couple’s child.  Because there are different legal implications depending on how a child is conceived (for example using known or unknown donor eggs or sperm), we encourage you to contact us before becoming pregnant.  In many cases there are legal steps that should be taken prior to conception.

Freed Marcroft lawyers write and present frequently on adoption, and you can read more here or on our below blog posts:

The attorneys at Freed Marcroft guide select clients and families through the legal aspects of termination of parental rights and adoption while remaining mindful of their overall wellness. To discuss our helping your family, contact us today either here or by phone at 860-560-8160.