Step-Parent Adoption

Keeping Families Close

Do you want to become the legal parent of your stepchild? When you adopt your spouse’s child in California, you’ll be taking a huge step, gaining all the same rights and responsibilities of a biological parent. If you are leaning towards adoption, keep in mind that the other biological parent may have strong feelings about this, since it will involve terminating their parental rights. We have represented both sides of this issue and know how important it is to everyone involved.

There are a few basic requirements for step-parent adoption before we even start the conversation:

  • You must be the spouse or domestic partner of the child’s custodial parent.
  • You must be a legal adult.
  • You must be at least 10 years older than the child you’re adopting.
  • If the child is 12 years old or older, you must have their legal consent to be adopted.

If you are involved in a step-parent adoption situation, you know how careful you need to be respecting every step of the process. At The Grey Legal Group, this is a particular interest of ours, and we have experience handling both sides of the issue in court. Contact us today if you are ready to take the next step in your family.

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