Family Law Attorneys in Rocklin & 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 the Law Offices of Keegan & Myers PC. Our Rocklin
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 Rocklin 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.