At Goldberg Sager & Associates in Brooklyn, we have more than 25 years of experience helping clients realize their dream of adopting a child by guiding them through an often-complicated legal process. We understand that adoption is both an exciting and overwhelming experience.
In keeping with our firm philosophy, we make our services as convenient as possible for you. Our attorneys are accessible and respond promptly and thoroughly to clients' questions and requests and work diligently to achieve the results you seek.
Understanding Adoption Law In New York
Adoption, like most legal matters, can be complex. However, with the help of a knowledgeable lawyer, you can navigate successfully through the system.
According to New York law, unless you are a single parent, both you and your spouse must consent to an adoption. However, if a parent chooses to give up parental rights, that person's consent is not required. Children must be 14 years of age or older to consent to an adoption. Adoption agencies acting as legal guardians may also consent to adoption.
Types Of Adoptions
Our lawyers can provide you with professional representation and attentive service for the following matters:
- Uncontested adoptions — parties in agreement
- Contested adoptions — biological parents object
In uncontested adoptions (in which all parties agree to the adoption), we prepare all necessary paperwork, obtain background searches on adoptive parents, retrieve divorce papers when necessary and represent clients in court to transfer parental rights and responsibilities to the adoptive parent.
When a biological parent objects to the adoption in a court proceeding, the adoption is considered contested. Our lawyers can prepare all paperwork, meet all parties involved and aggressively represent you in a contested adoption hearing.
Talk To One Of Our Attorneys
If you need assistance with adoption or another important family law matter, talk to Goldberg Sager & Associates. We offer cost-effective, convenient legal services.