Second Parent Adoptions
A second parent adoption is when one partner adopts the other partner’s biological child. Second parent adoption is often used in same-sex partnerships or when a step-parent adopts their step-child.
In Massachusetts, a child born of a marriage is considered to be the legal child of both parents. Massachusetts also has changed the birth certificates from “father” and “mother” to “parent 1” and “parent 2.” Even though the child may only be the biological child of one parent, both parents will be listed on the birth certificate and considered the legal parent.
However, as an additional measure of protection, it is still advisable to seek a second parent adoption for the non-biological parent. While we now have marriage equality per the U.S. Supreme Court case, Obergefell v. Hodges, it is a good idea to put as many protections in place in case the holding of that case is narrowed.
Our office provides services for second parent adoptions and known donor agreements.