Helping Stepparents with the Adoption Process in California
Stepparents often form close bonds and relationships with stepchildren, especially if the child’s other parent is not as involved in the child’s life. However, stepparents do not automatically have any type of legal rights to a stepchild. This means that should a stepparent get divorced, they have no right to spend time with the child or be involved in their life.
To protect this special relationship, many stepparents legally adopt their stepchildren. This is a legal process that can be relatively straightforward or challenging, depending on your circumstances. You want the help of an experienced stepparent adoption lawyer in California to ensure you can complete the adoption process. Contact Furubotten Law for help.
The Legal Adoption Process
In order to adopt a stepchild, the stepparent must obtain the consent of the unmarried parent. In some cases, if the parent is largely absent from the child’s life, they may agree to the adoption from the start. If you cannot get consent, it may be necessary to request that the court terminates their parental rights due to abandonment or the inability to care for the child. This can be a contentious part of the adoption process, and you want the right attorney on your side.
Once you have consent or termination of parental rights, the stepparent adoption process can be quicker and simpler than the traditional adoption process. Our lawyers can ensure that things go smoothly so you can begin your life as your stepchild’s legal parent as soon as possible.
Contact a Stepparent Adoption Lawyer in California for Assistance
At Furubotten Law, we have helped many clients successfully adopt their stepchildren to protect their rights and preserve the parental relationship. Call 951.363.4465 or contact us online to schedule a consultation with a California stepparent adoption attorney you can trust.