BJ Fadem & Associates, APC is a Certified Family Law Specialist
Creating a family is a wonderful experience and commitment. Our Attorneys will do the challenging legal work of the Adoption process for you. We will help you create the legal basis for your family. The Laws and issues regarding Adoption are complicated and ever-changing. Depending on your circumstances and needs, our Attorneys will advise you on how our law firm will handle this process on your behalf.
A new law in California allows the Court to acknowledge that a child may have more than just  legal or presumed parents. California will also acknowledge  or more parents who are of the same gender. Usually, if the parents are two  women,  the parent carries the child through a sperm donor. Some even choose to utilize an ovum from their partner. Two  male partners usually utilize a ‘surrogate’ to carry the child and choose which parent will donate the sperm. In that case, it is imperative that a ‘Surrogacy Agreement’ be drafted carefully wherein the chosen ‘surrogate’ has no parental rights and ensures that the child is relinquished to the ‘parents’ once the child is born. The best way to accomplish this is to utilize donated ovum – not the ‘surrogates’.
Many couples [whether heterosexual or homosexual] will opt for Adoption when conceiving a child on their own is impossible, improbable, and/or dangerous; or by choice.
Second Parent Adoption is an Adoption when one of the parents is the biological/legal parent of the child[ren] and their spouse/domestic partner chooses to become the legal parent of the child[ren]. This is different from an ‘independent’ Adoption in that the parents are either seeking a child already born that is not biologically or legally the child[ren] of either parent. Second Parent Adoption arises when the biological/legal parent re-marries and wants the new spouse to adopt the child[ren] or same-sex parents want to have a child[ren] together.
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We file in all California Counties and Cities. In addition, BJ Fadem represents Clients throughout California, the United States, and foreign countries with regard to Hague Matters.