Adoption has many facets. All involved parties undergo a myriad of emotions, from fear and anxiety to relief and elation, and any number of feelings and sentiments along the way. Although observance of and total compliance with all applicable laws is absolutely essential, this experience is much more than a mere legal procedure. The New Jersey Family Law firm of Castronovo & McKinney is completely versed in all the legalities of this process and understanding of the sensitive nature of this area. Our attorneys offer perceptive legal counsel to both birth parents and adoptive parents in New Jersey.
Adoption in N.J.
Both federal and state laws regulate the adoption process. There are many different legal areas: DYFS adoptions, agency adoptions, private placements, Interstate Compact on Placement of Children, relative adoptions, second-parent and stepparent adoptions, foreign adoptions, gay and lesbian adoptions and adoption litigation. Adoptive parents are permitted to pay for some of the birth parent’s expenses and that of their adoptive child. Usually, there is only one court hearing at least six months after placement to complete the process.
About New Jersey
New Jersey’s stream-lined adoption process makes it a popular destination for adoptions. The state’s laws are very inviting to families across the U.S. who wish to adopt, and for birth mothers who hope to locate a loving family to raise their natural child. New Jersey adoptions are made permanent without the delay of a waiting period. Seventy-two hours following the birth of her child, the birth mom may legally surrender her parental rights permanently. This lawfully-finalized adoption may only be contested on the grounds of duress, fraud or misrepresentation. Another attractive feature of adoption law in New Jersey is the welcoming stance the state has to all, regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.
About Castronovo & McKinney, Family & Divorce Law
At Castronovo & McKinney, we have helped many New Jersey families realize their dreams through the adoption experience. We are honored to help safeguard your life-altering, momentous choices and decisions in this love-filled area. Our team is dedicated to making the process hazard-free with supportive guidance and responsive legal representation.
Call Castronovo & McKinney in Morristown at 973-920-7888 to move forward with your New Jersey adoption. We promise to honor your deep personal choice with sound legal assistance and insightful emotional support. Contact our New Jersey family law office today.