With divorce and remarriage on the rise, blended families and stepparent adoptions are becoming more and more common. Regardless, the process is not getting any easier. For various reason sometimes there is a step-parent who desires to adopt the step child . Legal paperwork and conversations with the biological parent can be difficult. The biological parent may be unavailable or unfit to care for the child, but still may refuse to give up parental obligations.
At my firm – Paula D. Kleinman, A Professional Law Corporation – I know how frustrating it can be to try to tie up loose ends that may arise. When clients contact me, I work with them throughout the adoption process, helping them know what to expect. I work with families throughout Vista, California. Contact me online or call 760-542-6072 to schedule your free initial consultation with an adoption attorney and begin the stepparent adoption process.
In many families, a stepparent adoption legally solidifies a family relationship that is already developed. In order for the adoption to take effect, the parenting rights of the other biological parent are terminated. The biological parents no longer have any parental obligations to the child. Once the adoption is complete, the stepparent is responsible for taking care of the child in all ways, meaning any existing child support obligations end.
Because the responsibilities of the other parent are terminated, I work closely with parents to help them understand how their responsibilities will change after the adoption. Contact me online or call 760-542-6072 to schedule your free initial consultation with an experienced lawyer.
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