Adults who approach this process with the aid of a knowledgeable adoption attorney are generally spared the delay, frustration, and expense such a process entails.
In general, when one pictures adoption, one thinks of a couple adopting a child from his or her birth mother. Yet, stepparent adoptions are believed to be the most common form of adoption in the United States. This kind of adoption takes place when one biological parent is no longer around, and the parent with custody gets remarried. In this case, the stepparent may assume a large role in the child’s life and wish to make the situation official by adopting the child. The moment the stepparent adopts the child, the child is then considered the child of the stepparent. As a result, the child has the same legal rights as a biological child would have; for example, inheritance rights and parental support.
Typically, the stepparent files a petition with the court to adopt the stepchild. In order for the adoption to take place, the legal rights of the other parent must be terminated. As long as the other parent agrees, his or her legal rights can be terminated fairly easily. Should the other parent not agree, it is up to the court to terminate parental rights, if legal grounds exist, such as abuse or abandonment. Once the petition is filed and parental rights are terminated, a home study or investigation usually takes place. Finally, the court appearance occurs where the adoption is granted.
It is obvious that the most challenging aspect of stepparent adoption is the termination of parental rights. In some cases, the parent cannot be located or he may not want to give up his legal rights to the child.
The Law Office of Caroline Pineres has both the expertise and experience to guide your family through this difficult process. Upon retaining our services, you can be certain that we take time to learn your unique circumstances and make sure that this type of adoption proceeding is done as efficiently as possible.
Life, can sometimes prove to be challenging and unpredictable and more so during the very vulnerable and stressful exposures, that one can be subjected to involving family and marital matters.
The Law Office of Caroline Pineres understands the complex and sensitive nature of family-related legal disputes and is prepared to guide clients toward appropriate and productive solutions with discretion, respect, and sensitivity. As a practitioner in a rapidly evolving area of law, Caroline Pineres is one of the most respected attorneys in her field and has zealously dedicated her practice to successfully assisting clients with all family law related issues. She routinely obtains winning results for her clients, regardless of the complexity of the cases.
Bilingual (English-Spanish) As a native Spanish speaker, Caroline has brought her knowledge and expertise to the Latino community, helping its members understand the law and the legal process involved in divorce.
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