Adoption & Paternity

Attentive New York Adoption Lawyers

Adoption is a family law process by which a child’s legal guardianship is bestowed to a person or persons who are not the biological parents. When a court processes an adoption, the permanent legal obligations and responsibilities of caring for the child are transferred to the adoptive parent or parents and the rights of the natural parents are terminated.
Family law matters such as New York adoption should always be carried out to protect the best interests of the child or children, but it is also important to preserve the rights of the biological and adoptive parents. Legal representation is necessary if you are the adoptive parent and highly advisable if you are a biological parent involved in a private adoption.
If you are helping to raise your married or unmarried partner’s child, you may have no legal right to continue to co-parent or even to visit the child without a second-parent adoption if the relationship between you and your partner ends. Once a second-parent adoption is complete both parents rights are protected in the event of a divorce or dissolution of the relationship.
Adoption is among the myriad of important child-related family law issues practiced by the attorneys at Miller Zeiderman LLP. Our attorneys offer candid advice and work towards practical outcomes to all family law matters, including divorcechild supportchild custody, and family offense proceedings.

The Private Adoption Process vs. Agency Adoption

Under New York adoption law, there are two types of adoption that can be petitioned in Family Court: private adoption and agency adoptions.

Private adoption consists of an agreement between the child’s biological parents and the individual(s) who intend to become the adoptive parents. The adoptive parents must submit an adoption petition, other relevant documents, and demonstrate to the court that they would make suitable and qualified parents for the child.

Agency adoption involves a child who has already been removed from their natural parents by a court and placed in foster care under the direction of an agency. If the agency decides to permanently end the biological parent’s rights to the child, then an individual or couple who apply for adoption through the agency may adopt the child.

If you are interested in either pursuing a private adoption or an agency adoption, the guidance and assistance of a New York adoption lawyer can be invaluable to your case.

Capable Attorneys Positively Influencing Your Family’s Future

The legal professionals at Miller Zeiderman LLP develop personalized legal strategies and thoroughly prepare for every case, working tirelessly to achieve optimal results for their valued clients. With over 100 years of combined legal experience, our reliable team of attorneys have valuable experience handling adoption and adoption-related matters in New York State. Contact Miller Zeiderman LLP to schedule a consultation for your family law matter. We service New York City, Westchester County, and various cities and communities throughout New York State.


New York Paternity & Parental Rights

Family law matters that implicate the wellbeing of children are generally more complicated than other types of proceedings, both because there are more decisions to be made and because the risks are often higher. Cases in which parentage is uncertain or called into question are particularly delicate. Our attorneys understand that a paternity case can have a significant impact on your relationship with children and other family members, and we always provide our clients with the facts about New York paternity laws.
The legal issues surrounding paternity and parental rights in New York can be extremely intricate. An attorney from Miller Zeiderman LLP can help you fully understand the situation and make informed decisions as to how you should proceed. With over 100 years of combined family law experienced, our legal team can help you work towards a desired resolution.

Attorneys for Child-Related Family Law Issues

Our approach to family law balances personalized, sincere counsel with reliable professionalism that delivers results. Although the courts always consider the child’s interests first, we are prepared to present our strongest case possible to help you defend your rights. The attorneys at Miller Zeiderman LLP put forth sincere effort to ensure that the wellbeing of your child is protected, your parental rights are secure, and as little damage is done to your family relationships as possible.

Don’t Allow Your Future to Hang in Balance

If you are facing a family law matter relating to New York paternity, parental rights, or any other child-related issues, seek counsel immediately from the law offices of Miller Zeiderman LLP. Contact us for a consultation today and discover what we can do to protect your rights and future. Our attorneys service Greater New York City and the state of New York, including Westchester County, White Plains, Manhattan, Putnam County, Orange County, Rockland County, and the Lower Hudson Valley.