Whether your goal is to solidify an existing relationship or to build your family, the decision to adopt a child is an important and admirable one. However, the necessary legal steps can be intimidating. Choosing the right attorney can make all the difference in the outcome and your overall adoption experience.

Knowledgeable Guidance For Stepparent, In-Family And Private Adoptions

I am Lauren S. Cohen, an experienced Binghamton area family law attorney who will greet you with warmth and represent your family's interests with skill and integrity. My approach is genuinely compassionate and highly interactive.

You can talk to me openly about your goals, concerns and priorities involving, for example:

  • Adoption of your spouse's child, often to enhance that child's sense of belonging and stability when one biological parent is out of the picture and stepparent adoption makes sense
  • Adoption of a family member, such as a grandchild, niece or nephew, whose parents are deceased or incapable of providing proper care and support
  • Pursuit of an “independent” adoption to grow your family — a process that may offer key advantages over working through an agency, such as allowing for active communication between adoptive parents and the birth mother

Adoption is often one of the happier moments in family law. By working together, we can help grow your family and protect the interests of the child or children you are attempting to bring under your care.

Counsel With Sensitivity · Prioritizing Responsiveness And Efficiency

Applying decades of experience in the family courts of upstate New York, I am prepared to answer all your questions about the adoption process. You can count on me for assistance in obtaining parental consent or pursuing a court ruling that allows the adoption to proceed. My goal will be to help you complete the adoption as efficiently as possible, with confidence that your newly formed relationship is legally sound and secure.

I communicate extremely well with people of all ages and backgrounds. You can turn to me with confidence as a traditional or same-sex couple, a family member willing to step in for an unfit parent, or anyone else with questions about adoption. To request a face-to-face consultation with me at either my Johnson City or Binghamton office location, call 607-798-0088 or reach out to me online anytime.

There is a modest consultation fee for divorce and family law matters.