SECOND-PARENT ADOPTION

SECOND-PARENT ADOPTION

Second-Parent adoptions ensure recognition of both parents’ legal rights in every jurisdiction.

Most second-parent adoptions involve same-sex couples who want to make sure both of them have equal legal status as parents, even though only one of them is biologically related to the child. In Washington, state laws already protect both parents in this situation, but that isn’t true everywhere. We often help the non-biological parent obtain a Decree of Adoption to ensure that his or her parentage is not subject to attack under the laws of a different state. The law in this area is changing quickly, however, so please contact us to discuss the options for establishing parentage.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or contact us directly.

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Second-Parent adoptions ensure recognition of both parents’ legal rights in every jurisdiction.

Most second-parent adoptions involve same-sex couples who want to make sure both of them have equal legal status as parents, even though only one of them is biologically related to the child. In Washington, state laws already protect both parents in this situation, but that isn’t true everywhere. We often help the non-biological parent obtain a Decree of Adoption to ensure that his or her parentage is not subject to attack under the laws of a different state. The law in this area is changing quickly, however, so please contact us to discuss the options for establishing parentage.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ page or contact us directly.

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