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    Watch This Video to Learn About How to Adopt a Child

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    The adoption process varies significantly between states as each state has its own procedures for adopting a child.

    As this video explains, one of the most important things to know before adopting a child is that it is a very specialized area of law that is quite complex. If the adoption process is not done correctly, it might as well not have been done at all. This is why it is advisable to seek the services of a specialist, such as an agency that works on adoptions every day or an individual attorney that focuses on adoption law. Click play to learn more.

    To ensure that your interests are facilitated as quickly and efficiently as possible, call Pennsylvania family lawyer Larry Lefkowitz Esq. at (215) 750-9202. Mr. Lefkowitz can answer any questions you may have about adoption and help you begin the legal process.

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    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    A Basic Guide to the Pennsylvania Adoption Process

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    Adoption is the legal method of adding someone new to your family. There are a number of circumstances that may lead to adoption, including the involuntary termination of parental rights, a step-parent adoption, and more. Adoption is a complicated process, which is why it is important to contact a family lawyer if you are considering this option. The following will provide some basic information about the Pennsylvania adoption process.

    Application
    You will begin the adoption process by completing an application. This includes information about your family, background, and the characteristics that you are seeking in the child you wish to adopt.

    Family Profile
    In the next step, you will attend a series of meetings with an adoption professional. The family profile document is created by the professional and you must be approved by the adoption agency before you can be matched with a child.

    Pre-Placement
    Your family profile will be used to aid in the matching process. Once there is a tentative match, you will have a chance for a pre-placement visit with the child. This will give both the child and your family the chance to determine whether this will be a good fit.

    Placement
    There is normally a six-month period after the child is placed in your home before the adoption is finalized. An adoption agency worker will visit your home regularly to ensure that you are all making a smooth transition.

    Finalization
    If the placement is positive for all parties, you will request a hearing before the court. After ensuring that a number of legal obligations are met, the judge will review the information and approve the adoption.

    Do you have additional questions about the adoption process in Pennsylvania? Contact family lawyer Larry Lefkowitz Esq. by calling (215) 750-9202 to learn more. Mr. Lefkowitz believes in charging reasonably fees and representing clients fairly. Our office offers a free consultation, so do not hesitate to call for more information.

    Disclaimer: 
    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

    For More Divorce Facts and Child Custody and Support Information, Please Visit These Resources

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    Family law can be complex topic. Read through the following articles to learn more about divorce and child custody issues:

    Larry Lefkowitz, Esq. is a Pennsylvania family law attorney serving Bucks and Philadelphia counties. He has over 20 years of experience helping local families through divorce, appeals, and modifications. Do not try to go through these challenging times without legal representation. If you need family law help, consult Larry today by calling (215) 750-9202.

    Can I Appeal a Judge's Child Custody or Child Support Decision?

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    The short answer to the question is yes. In fact, the initial decision by a family court judge can be appealed at least twice before it is legally final. However, the appeal process can be quite lengthy and complex if you are unfamiliar with the legal system. Only a skilled family law attorney can explain the way an appeal can play out in your situation. Here is a look at how you can appeal a judge’s child custody or child support decision:

    The Next Step of Review
    Even in family law situations, you always retain your due process rights. If are unhappy with the judge’s decision in your case, you may appeal to the next highest court of appeals. The process and timeline for appeals depend on your county, so consult with an attorney as soon as possible to ensure that you do not miss a deadline. For instance, in Philadelphia County, you only have 30 days from the date of the judicial order to appeal your child support determination with the superior court. If you wait longer than 30 days, you may not be able to appeal the judge’s decision.  

    Future Modifications
    While the specifics of your appeal process may vary from county to county, you may always request to adjust your custody and support decisions in the case of major life changes. These do not have a deadline and can be requested at any time. For example, if you move, remarry, or obtain a better-paying job, you may be able to request a formal modification of the entire order based on changed circumstances. This process can be quicker than an appeal and can result in more favorable circumstances. Your family law attorney can help you decide when and how to ask your former spouse for a modification.

    Child support and child custody are emotional issues, so it is helpful to have a skilled lawyer by your side during court hearings and negotiations. If you want to speak to someone with over 20 years family law experience, contact Pennsylvania attorney Larry Lefkowitz by calling (215) 750-9202. Our two office locations offer free initial consultations, so call today to schedule an appointment.

    Disclaimer: 
    The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

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