Family Law Attorneys in Granite Bay & Sacramento – (916) 634-0067
Did you know that stepparents can adopt their stepchildren? This is often
pursued as a way to bring together a new family after the biological parent
goes through a
divorce. The presence of the other biological parent can complicate a stepparent
adoption, though, especially if that parent is being uncooperative.
If you want to adopt your stepchild but do not know where to begin, start
(916) 634-0067 and connecting with Myers Family Law. Our Granite Bay adoption lawyers
are backed by 25+ years of total experience and led by a Bar Certified
Family Law Specialist. To learn more about our law firm and how we can
help you with stepparent adoption cases, you are invited to view our
client testimonials or
contact us directly.
Getting the Consent of the Other Birth Parent
In the average divorce case involving parents,
child custody rights will be granted to both divorcees to some extent. A stepparent who marries
one of the divorced spouses has to be aware of these child custody rights
and what it would mean to adopt their stepchild. The decision impacts
everyone, including the other birth parent.
Taking the wish to adopt their stepchild as an encroachment on their parental
duties and identity is not uncommon of the other birth parent. You will
have to anticipate objections and work on a way to win their consent.
With a Certified Mediator on our staff, we have the know-how and insight
needed to approach the situation carefully and avoid unnecessary contention.
When Birth Parent Consent is Unnecessary
Your stepparent adoption could become considerably easier if you do not
need to get the consent of the other birth parent. This is the case when
they have lost parental rights due to a court order.
A birth parent can lose parental rights if they:
- Abandon their child.
- Neglect the needs of their child.
Fail to pay
- Become unfit for parental duties due to health issues.
Do not assume the other birth parent has lost parental duties. Always confirm
as much by working with a divorce lawyer who can study divorce agreements
for the correct, identifying language.
Bring Your Family Together with Our Legal Assistance
Stepparent adoptions are a crucial step in solidifying your new family
after remarrying or marrying someone with a child from another relationship
of their own. Our Granite Bay family lawyers would be more than happy
to help you form that bond and move forward by simplifying the stepparent
adoption processes. If you do not want to get into the legal details of
your case, you can place the responsibility on us and we will gladly manage
the paperwork, filings, responses, and so forth. We honor our clients’
wishes and do all we can to make family law cases stress-free.
Low-cost 30-minute case evaluations are available. Get yours today.