Orange County Stepparent Adoptions Lawyer
OC Child 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.
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 child custody 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 be considered.
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
At 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!
"Doug ensured that my interests were protected, my integrity preserved. His warm, calm and professional demeanor instilled trust and confidence."
Doug ensured that my interests were protected, my integrity preserved. His warm, calm and professional demeanor instilled trust and confidence.- Lorre L.
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