Stepparent Adoption Attorney in Orange County
OC Custody Lawyer Helping Families Come Together Since 1981
At The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague, we have been helping families
come together through stepparent adoptions since 1981. If you are seeking
a stepparent adoption, we would be glad to explain your rights and responsibilities
and guide you through this rewarding journey.
child custody issues can be an emotionally difficult part of
divorce, stepparent adoptions are a joyous aspect of
family law that unites families, making them complete.
Consent from the Other Parent
In a stepparent adoption, you will need the other child's parent to
consent to the adoption. Since this is a key requirement, it is important
to engage an
Orange County divorce attorney to guide you through this legal process.
It may or may not be difficult to get consent from the other birth parent.
Giving consent to the adoption means giving up parental rights, including
rights to visitation and making decisions about the child's education
or medical treatment.
Understanding the Emotional Issues
Stepparent adoptions can be more complicated when the noncustodial parent
is still in contact with their child. While there may be no legal reason
why the adoption cannot move forward, the emotional impact will need to
In contrast, some parents that have been out of the picture willingly consent
to a stepparent adoption because they will no longer be responsible for
child support once their parental rights are terminated.
If the other birth parent refuses to agree to the adoption, you may still
be able to adopt if:
- The other parent has abandoned the child for a year and not paid any child
support, or seen or spoken to the child.
You properly serve the other birth parent with the
Adoption Request. The other birth parent will have to appear on the court date provided
on the request and object to the adoption.
- The judge decides to grant the adoption because it would be in the best
interests of the child.
If the child is 12 or older, he or she must agree to the adoption before
the judge can order the adoption final; however, children under 12 do
not have to agree.
Contact Our Orange County Divorce Firm to Discuss Your Adoption Case
The Law Offices of W. Douglas McKeague, we understand why some of our clients would want to adopt a stepchild
and make their family complete in the eyes of the law. Adopting a stepchild
is a big responsibility, and perhaps the best way to demonstrate one's
love and devotion to their spouse, their spouse's child, and their
family as a whole.
If you are considering a stepparent adoption, we would love to tell you
more about the process.
Contact our Orange County child custody lawyer
to schedule a
free consultation with an attorney!