For families that do not fit the typical mold of a married opposite-gender couple and their biological children, second-parent adoption could be a way to give them legal protections, and certify their parental relationships in the eyes of the law.
For families that do not fit the typical mold of a married opposite-gender couple and their biological children, second-parent adoption could be a way to give them legal protections, and certify their parental relationships in the eyes of the law. Thanks to a 2014 federal court decision, second-parent adoptions are permitted and recognized in North Carolina, which benefits unmarried couples, particularly LGBT couples.
In second-parent adoption, the child’s biological or “first” parent is joined by a “second” parent, who is granted many of the same rights as the first parent. Meanwhile, the first parent retains their rights. This form of adoption is especially relevant when it comes to child custody and visitation rights. If you are not a child’s biological or adoptive parent, you may not be granted custody or visitation time by the court, even if you have helped raise the child and consider yourself to be their parent.
Second-parent adoption can be especially important for LGBT couples that used in vitro fertilization or other means to conceive a child. Typically, this means that one member of the couple is the child’s biological parent and automatically is granted parental rights. If you and your co-parent are not married and your relationship ends, unless you have already used second-parent adoption to become your child’s legal parent, your ex could prevent you from seeing your child again.
Currently, second-parent adoptions are allowed in North Carolina, but family law is often in flux. To establish your rights as a parent now and long-term, you should consult a family law attorney about your options.
If you are unsure whether you qualify or need to take steps to receive your tax credit, you should consult a tax advisor or CPA. You might be eligible for this credit if you adopted a child or had a domestic adoption fail in 2022.
Most people in Charlotte may assume that an adoption begins with a couple wanting to take in a child. Yet there is another part of that equation that often goes overlooked: a child needing a home.
Given the end result of a successful adoption, it may be easy for many people in Charlotte to overlook just how complex a process it can be. Potential parents invest much in the way of time and resources in trying to bring children in need of nurturing into their homes.