Sherman Law LLP



If you are considering adopting a child, our Kitchener family law lawyers can assist you in the process. At Sherman Law LLP, we have expertise in both relative and stepparent adoptions.

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Are you a relative who wishes to adopt?

We assist clients who are relatives of a child that they wish to adopt without having to obtain a home study or being approved by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services as a suitable parent.

Are you a stepparent who wishes to adopt?

We assist clients who are the stepparents of a child that they wish to adopt. Stepparent adoptions usually require the consent of previous partners and spouses. If this person is not agreeable to providing consent, or cannot be located, we can assist you with making an application to the court to dispense with the consent. We can help you in completing all of the necessary paperwork and court forms, including obtaining the necessary consents to the adoption, and to finalizing the arrangements with the court. We can also assist you in changing the adopted child’s name and registering the new name with the Registrar General of Ontario.

Are you a same-sex parent involved in assisted reproduction?

Same-sex parents in Ontario and those who have used assisted reproduction to conceive no longer have to adopt their own children. The All Families Are Equal Act ensures that couples such as those who use a sperm or egg donor or a surrogate are legally recognized as parents, updating parentage laws for the first time since 1978. Under the old rules, same-sex parents often had to go to court in order to obtain that recognition.

Do you want to learn more about adoptions?

For over 40 years, clients have trusted in our ability to explain their rights and obligations with regard to adoptions. We are confident that you will appreciate our professional and personalized service. We invite you to browse our website and read the positive things others have to say about us. To benefit from our knowledge and experience with respect to the adoptions, please contact 519-884-0034 or send us an email. Many of our clients are referred to us by former and current clients, as well as by lawyers, accountants, and financial advisors. We serve clients in Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and surrounding areas.

Connect with a lawyer in our firm with expertise in this area

Aubrey J.  Sherman

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