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South Jersey Adoption Lawyer

South Jersey Adoption Lawyer

Adoption through the Surrogate’s Court in New New Jersey Adoption AttorneyJersey can be a complex, time consuming and potentially costly experience. Whether it is a step-parent adoption, adoption by a close relative, or private placement, the rules and procedures must be followed to ensure a successful outcome.

Assessment – We will start with a consultation to provide you with an assessment of your case. We will review your needs, parenting history, and adoption goals. We will uncover any issues that might delay or complicate the adoption process, such as an inability to obtain consent. We will review the process, procedures, timeline, and the expected costs associated with your particular case. You will leave the meeting with a clear plan on how to proceed.

Document Preparation – We will draft your verified complaint for adoption, order upon the preliminary hearing, order fixing the date of the preliminary hearing, certificate of verification, affidavit of valuable consideration, affidavit of circumstances, judgment of adoption and include any related birth records, custody orders, consent orders, and or any documents related to paternity and/or lack thereof. We will act on your behalf to make sure either a preliminary or final agency investigative report is required in addition to a home study or evaluation. We will correspond with the chosen agency to make sure that their work is done in a professional and timely fashion. All of the paperwork will be properly filed and served upon the parties within the appropriate timelines and adhering to the rules of the Court.

Preliminary and Final Hearing – Preliminary hearings are typically scheduled 60 – 90 days from the initial filing. We represent adoptive parents during these hearings to make sure that the judge properly considers the facts of the case in order to make a ruling in your favor. After the judgment of adoption is granted, we will draft or prepare a certified statement of final decree of adoption and application to amend the original birth record to obtain a new birth certificate for your child.

 

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