City of New York

Guardianship / Adoption

Guardianship & Adoption Services

Family Law Attorney in the Bronx

Welcoming a new child into the family should be a wonderful time in your life and cause for celebration. If you are looking to adopt or become a legal guardian of a minor, do not let the laws and court system intimidate you. At The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend, I stand ready to provide my clients with outstanding representation and dedicated legal services in their times of need. For years, I have provided trusted family law representation to clients throughout the Bronx area and I may be able to help you as well. You can count on me to help get the job done quickly and efficiently and ensure that your rights and your future child's rights are protected.

Adoption in New York

In the state of New York, any individual over the age of 18 who proves to be a fit and consenting adult may be eligible to adopt a child. There are no regulations and rules regarding marital status, income, sexual orientation, religion, or age. When you work with my firm, I will help you determine your eligibility to adopt a child and assist you with completing all of the steps necessary to successfully welcome a child into your home. You can rely on my representation and counsel to guide you through:

  • Completing all necessary applications and paperwork
  • Obtaining medical history and background checks
  • Home inspections
  • Caseworker meetings and child visitations
  • Petitions to adopt and finalizations with the local Bronx family law court

Becoming a Legal Guardian

In some cases, minor children need to be placed into the care of a legal guardian. Guardians are often members of the child's immediate or extended family, but sometimes an agency or foster family can obtain guardianship. By law, guardians take full responsibility of the child's well-being, including his or her education, housing, medical care, and nurturing. If you are looking to become a legal guardian, or if you have been named a guardian in a will or trust, you need to work with an attorney to file a petition for guardianship. I can assist you with filing the necessary documents with the family court and provide you with counsel at the guardianship hearing. You can rely on my firm to ensure that your case is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Schedule a Consultation with The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend

Are you ready to move forward with your case? Becoming an adoptive parent or legal guardian does not need to be complicated. When you work with The Law Office of Ava G. Gutfriend, you will be treated as an individual with unique needs. I will personalize a strategy depending on your specific goals and help ensure that your family becomes one full, happy and legal unit as soon as possible. If you have questions about your eligibility or if you are ready to file a petition, contact my firm right away. I provide free case evaluations to all potential clients, so do not hesitate to retain my services.

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