Quatela Chimeri, PLLC


Whether the child comes home from the hospital or is welcomed through an adoption, bringing a child into a home should be a memorable event. This doesn't happen for every family.

Adoptions can take an exceptionally long time and be a difficult process, especially for same-sex couples. Even though the state of New York has relatively favorable laws concerning adoption for same-sex couples, problems still arise. Working with a family lawyer to finalize your adoption, legally bringing a child into your family, should be a streamlined process for you so you can enjoy your new addition.

Dot All the I's and Cross All the T's

According to LifeLongAdoptions.com, "Same-sex couples in all states except Mississippi can petition for joint adoption statewide. Couples may be required to be in a legally recognized relationship, such as a marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership." While adoption agencies are pretty good about make sure all the proper paperwork is filed for your adoption, there may be complications or failure on the agency's part. It may be important to work with a family lawyer, simply to make sure that no detail is missed and the adoption process is legally adhered to.

Discrimination Still Happens

Even though New York has good protections for same-sex couples that wish to adopt, including laws that provide adoption non-discrimination protections, discrimination still exists. Making sure you have a family lawyer that has your best interests in mind can help make sure that laws are followed correctly when growing your family.

Contact us today for a free consult to discuss the legalities of growing your family!

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