Family Formation Blog

Starting Step-Parent Adoption? You Might Not Need to Notify a Bio-Parent

Maintaining a positive relationship with the other bio-parent of your child is not always possible. In many cases, despite your best intentions, you might find the other bio-parent is irresponsible and unreasonable. This can raise questions as you move forward with...

Does a Sperm Donor have to Consent to a Second-Parent Adoption?

Second-parent adoptions have been around longer than many people realize because up until 2017, they had not been legalized in all 50 states. DC, for example, legalized second-parent adoptions over 20 years ago, which has led to the establishment of laws to protect all...

Is an investigation or homestudy required in a second parent adoption?

A second parent adoption happens when a second parent obtains complete parental rights without the “first parent” losing any rights.

CHANGES TO MARYLAND ADOPTION AND PARENTAGE LAWS: SECOND PARENT ADOPTIONS JUST GOT EASIER

Family Formation Law Office is excited to announce that effective June 1, 2019, Maryland adoption and parentage laws will be changed for the better!

Can I Surprise My Steparent With an Adoption of Me?

It is a natural inclination of many children to desire to be adopted by their stepparent. In many cases, a stepchild would like to surprise their stepparent after going ahead on their own to get the ball rolling. While such a heartwarming gesture is a lovely idea, the laws...

“I believe in working with each of my clients—in support of their family dynamic—to make the dreams of parenthood a reality. Whether you are single or married; or gay; a step-parent, a surrogate or intended parent or a child of adoption, it is my mission to serve as your advocate. With a dedication to the ethical and sensitive nature of each situation, I will help you understand the laws within Maryland or Washington, DC for adoption or surrogacy, and pledge to be your partner throughout the journey.” - Jennifer Fairfax