Saturday, April 12, 2014

Can I adopt an 18 year old in NYC?????

Q:  I want to adopt an eighteen year old. I'm in a same sex relationship with the 18 yr olds mom for 17 years. I've been a second parent to my partners child for seventeen years without any legal documents. We've never had any issues with doctors or schools concerning my parental rights. I want to insure he will receive his inheritance from myself.

A:  David's Answer:  Yes you can, but it's considered an adult adoption as the child's over 18. As such, the adoption gets filed in Surrogate's Court. Speak to a Surrogate's Court lawyer in your area for more info.   -- David Bliven, Westchester Family Law attorney (

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