If you are considering adoption in New York State, you should first consult with our experienced Buffalo family law attorneys to discuss your options. Our team of lawyers puts an emphasis on compassion and dedication, and we will do whatever is best for you and your family. Contact our office today.
Adoption in New York State | Basics
New York provides for two ways in which a family may adopt: private placement or agency adoption. Private placement occurs between the birth and adoptive family and doesn’t require government involvement except for court approvals. In an agency adoption, a private or social services agency will facilitate and oversee the adoption process. Regardless of the method, the adopting parents, biological parents, and any agency involved must observe certain steps, such as seeking certification from the court, terminating the parental rights of the birth parents, and gaining final court approval.
Adoption in New York State | Paternity
Our lawyers can also help with paternity issues. Besides the fact that every child deserves to know who his or her father is, establishing paternity in New York is important: it provides for a variety of rights and responsibilities for the legal father, such as child support, visitation rights, the right to make certain decisions about the child’s life, and the right to notification about things like medical events. Unfortunately, determining paternity is not as simple as taking a DNA test, as there are other factors a court must consider before establishing paternity.
Contact Cole, Sorrentino, Hurley, Hewner & Gambino, P.C., online or at the number above to arrange your initial consultation with one of our family law attorneys. We welcome the opportunity to serve you. Our Buffalo family lawyers offer flexible appointments in our main office in Buffalo or one of our satellite offices in Batavia, Hamburg, Cheektowaga, and Niagara Falls.