Adoption

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Termination of Parental Rights

The United States Supreme Court has ruled that “The right of a parent to raise his or her children has been recognized as a basic constitutional right.”  As a result, the termination of parental rights process has significant safeguards to protect a parent’s constitutional rights.

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What is a Stepparent Adoption? | Connecticut Family Law | 860-530-4346

What is a Stepparent Adoption?

Stepparents have the opportunity to play a critical and loving part in their stepchildren’s lives.  In some circumstances, they even adopt their stepchildren via “stepparent adoption.”

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How to Establish Paternity in Connecticut? | Call 860-530-4251

How Do You Establish Paternity?

Sometimes parents wonder how to establish paternity.  The answer depends on your particular situation — for example, whether you are married or unmarried.

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How Do You Add a Name to a Birth Certificate?

Sometimes a parent will wonder how to add another parent’s name to a birth certificate. The answer depends on your particular situation. Read on to learn more. Married Parents and Birth Certificates If parents are married at the time a child is born, the law presumes that both spouses are the baby’s parents and both will appear on the birth certificate. Non-Biological Married Parents and Birth Certificates If

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President Trump, Stress, Same Sex Parents, and How We Can Help

The average number of calls we received from same sex parents asking about adopting their children tripled last week.  Sadly we weren’t really surprised — the general political climate combined with last week’s news of the separation of parents from their children at the borders and the announcement of  Justice Kennedy’s retirement has made many of us upset…

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Why is it Important for Same Sex Couples to do a Second Parent Adoption?

When same sex couples decide to start a family, they have plenty of options to make their dreams a reality. Unfortunately, these couples can also face several unique legal issues. Whether you’re planning to adopt a new child together, become a parent through surrogacy or a sperm donation, or adopt your partner’s child from a…

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[Webinar] “CT Same-Sex Couples & Stepparent Adoption: Your Name on the Birth Certificate is Not Enough”

On Thursday, November 17th at 5:30 PM, Freed Marcroft Attorneys Meghan Freed and Carla Zahner will host a complimentary webinar on stepparent adoption in Connecticut. The recent presidential election has highlighted the importance of adopting children of parents of the same sex.  This webinar will provide clarity on the current status of children who are biologically related…

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Post-Election Stress and Adoption

Yesterday morning, following President-Elect Trump’s win, I met with a young married couple about a step-parent adoption. They were two women, and the meeting opened with tears. It was heartbreaking. Adoption consultations are usually some of our most joyous — a happy couple, either planning for or expecting a child.  Yesterday, though, was the morning after…

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision Underscores that Second Parent Adoption Remains Critical for Same Sex Parents

“You still have to adopt your children.” I have said this more times than I can count since the United States Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage equality United States v. Windsor and Obergefell v. Hodges. Why? Many same-sex couples who have a child who is biologically related to one parent and not the other…

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Why, After the Supreme Court Marriage Ruling, Same Sex Spouses Should Still Adopt Their Non-Biological Children

It has been less than one week since the Supreme Court’s Obergefell decision holding that the 14th Amendment of the United States Constitution requires states to license marriages between two people of the same sex and to recognize lawful out-of-state marriages between two people of the same sex. Love won. Very understandably, we have already received multiple questions regarding…

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