Divorce With Adopted Children
Some divorcing parents try to void adoptions when their marriages end; in other instances, the two parties fight for custody. Child custody and alimony determinations are made in much the same way as when biological children are involved, but the step-parent is less likely to be awarded custody. Still, courts make these decisions based on what is best for the children, and every case is different.
Each parent has the right to seek legal custody, but this can be difficult when just one parent has biological ties to the children. One spouse might not feel that the adoptive one is entitled to the same rights, but if they agreed to the adoption, both are considered the children’s parents.
What if the Biological Parents Become Involved?
This can happen even though divorce does not affect the legal rights of adoptive parents. Once birth parents agree to adoption, their legal rights over the children end. They cannot usually contest a new custody agreement or try to get the children back.
There may be an exception to this, however. If the biological parents consented to adoption with an understanding that their children would be living with two parents, they may take issue. They might have legal standing if the adoptive parents had been planning to divorce during the adoption proceedings but did not share this information with them.
How Can I Help My Adopted Children Deal With My Divorce?
Adopted children should be treated with even more care during a divorce. Your children need stability, so try not to change their daily routines too much. Divorcing spouses may also be tempted to compete with one another and might make disparaging comments. However, this behavior can negatively impact children and lead to unhappiness, depression, and behavioral issues.
Our Marlton Divorce Lawyers at Goldstein & Mignogna, P.A. Help Divorcing Couples Who Share Adopted Children
Our skilled Marlton divorce lawyers at Goldstein & Mignogna, P.A. recognize the importance of always putting children’s needs first. To schedule a confidential consultation, call us at 856-890-9400 or complete our online form. Located in Marlton, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey, including Burlington County, Camden County, and Gloucester County.