When a stepparent of a child desires to obtain enforceable parental rights of that child, they can petition for adoption. This can be a fairly simple process based on the circumstances.
The most important step in a stepparent adoption is the termination of parental rights of the biological parents. This could occur as the biological parent voluntarily relinquishes their rights to their child. Once this happens, the adoption process can move forward quickly and smoothly.
In other cases, the biological parent’s rights can be involuntarily terminated through court orders. If this is the case, it is best to enlist the help of an experienced family law attorney.
Crider Law can help in both of the above scenarios. We will advise you through each step of an adoption so you will know exactly what to expect. Before an adoption can proceed, a petition for termination of parental rights will need to be filed in court. Whether it occurs voluntarily or if a case must be made for the involuntary termination of parental rights, Brad Crider is ready to help you.
To set up your initial consultation and learn more about the stepparent adoption process, give us a call today.