SECOND PARENT ADOPTION
The Maine Parentage Act expanded the definition of parent, allowing a wider range of parents to be recognized including
same sex couples and people with different gender identities.
Title 19-A §1891 also provides for a means of determining parentage as a de facto parent.
Second Parent Adoption permits unmarried couples to adopt each other's children. This process creates a legally recognized parent-child relationship between the second parent and the child without causing the first legal parent to lose their rights to the child.
We assist individuals in establishing parental relationships with children in their care. A second parent's legal status should reflect the value of their role in their children's lives.