Important information about filing an adoption in New Jersey.

ADOPTING YOUR STEP CHILD IN NEW JERSEY: We are committed to helping unite families through stepparent adoption. We understand that some relationships leave a child with an absent parent. Our program allows families to complete their New Jersey step parent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney.

Completing a stepparent adoption in New Jersey doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Our goal is to empower families with an affordable means to adopt their stepson or stepdaughter. We back our service with a 100% court acceptance guarantee.

New Jersey step parent adoption

Helping the entire State of New Jersey in stepparent adoption.

We help families throughout the entire State. Our documents have consistently been praised by the Courts in New Jersey and recommended by court clerks.

We help families in every city of New Jersey, including: Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Toms river, Hamilton, Trenton, Clifton, Camden, Cherry Hill, and every other city in New Jersey.

Important information about filing an adoption in New Jersey.

A stepparent adoption in New Jersey can be a fairly simple process, and it can be a wonderful step to take to unit the family unit. When the adoption is completed, the child will have the following benefits:

  • > New name is established (if desired)
  • > New birth certificate
  • > Two legal parents active in the child’s life
  • > Ability to inherit from adoptive parent

The child will have a relationship with the adoptive parent that is the same as if the child were born to the stepparent. The child’s new birth certificate will show the child’s new name and will have the adoptive parent and the natural parent listed as the child’s mother and father.

If your matter is complex, a local adoption attorney can answer any legal questions you may have. Review the following fact check which provides a general guideline as to whether you can do your own adoption:

Who can adopt.

  • > Stepmother, or
  • > Stepfather

A stepparent in New Jersey can file to adopt his or her step child. The stepparent must be legally married to the child’s parent.

In some states, a domestic partnership and same-sex marriages may also adopt under the step parent adoption laws.

Parental Rights

Both the biological father and the biological mother have parental rights to the child. In every adoption, the absent or consenting parents parental rights will have to be terminated.

Some of the common grounds for termination of parental rights are:

  • > Abandonment of the child
  • > Lack of financial support
  • > Sustained lack of contact
  • > Abuse or neglect of minor children
  • > Putative or presumptive father is not the bio-father

Child’s consent

In New Jersey, if the child is over 12 years of age, the child will be required to sign a consent to the adoption.

Where to file

You will file your step parent adoption documents in the court located in the county where you reside. If you are in the military, you have the option to file in your home-state of record.

We have listed the address for some of the New Jersey Courts below.

New Jersey Adoption

After you have determined that you want to complete a stepparent adoption, and have familiarized yourself with the adoption process, we can help you make the adoption a reality.

The adoption is fairly simple:

  • > Complete our online questionnaire
  • > Review and sign the adoption forms
  • > Notice the absent parent
  • > Sign all consents
  • > Complete background check (if required)
  • > Complete home-study (if required)
  • > Attend final adoption hearing

We will let you know if a background check or home study is required. We will also let you know if your specific situation can eliminate any steps or whether a step or two will need to be added.

Do it yourself step parent adoption in New Jersey


Here is the information for all of the courts in New Jersey that handle adoptions. If your region is not listed, we will include the nearest court information with your documents.

Essex County Superior Court – Family Division: Robert N. Wilentz Court Complex 212 Washington Street Newark, NJ 07102 Phone: (973)693-5701

Mercer County Superior Court: Mercer County Courthouse: 175 South Broad Street Trenton, NJ 08650-0068 Phone: (609) 571-4000

St. Charles County Courthouse: 2300 N. 2nd Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 Phone: 636-949-3080 Fax: 636-949-7384

Camden County Superior Court: Hall of Justice 101 South 5th Street Camden NJ 08103 Phone: (856) 379-2200

Hudson County Superior Court: William J. Brennan, Jr. Courthouse 583 Newark Avenue Jersey City, NJ 07306 Phone: (201)795-6000

Court filing fees.

The court filing fees for an adoption in New Jersey are approximately $200.

Step Parent Adoption in New Jersey We help families throughout New Jersey complete their stepparent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney. We serve families in Newark, Jersey City, Paterson, Elizabeth, Edison, Toms river, Hamilton, Trenton, Clifton, Camden, Cherry Hill, and all the other cities in New Jersey.

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