Bringing Families Together Through Stepparent Adoptions
Stepparent adoptions play a prominent role in bringing together blended families in a way that protects the child and the parents. Many stepparents play a crucial role in the lives of children and want the legal duties and responsibilities that come with parenthood. Stepparent adoption allows stepparents to gain legal parental rights for the children they already love and care for.
Like any adoption, the process for a stepparent adoption can be overwhelming. Our attorneys at Albano, Richart, Welch & Bajackson, LLC, in Independence can explain the legal adoption process and assist you throughout. Our clients are important to us, and we are honored when chosen to play such an integral role in this step.
The Process For Stepparent Adoption
Although you may already love your spouse’s child like your own, they are not legally yours. Stepparent adoption is not an easy process and can present complicated issues throughout. The process starts with filing a petition for adoption. However, a stepparent wishing to adopt a stepchild must also consider the rights of the child’s non-custodial parent. A non-custodial parent can contest an adoption unless in the case of exigent circumstances.
The adoption will proceed if a judge determines that the adoption will be in the child’s best interests, granting the same rights and responsibilities that a biological parent has. Like any adoption, the process can get tricky, and the situation is often emotionally charged. If you are considering adopting your stepchild, contact an experienced attorney who can successfully guide you through the process.
The Benefits And Rights Of Stepparent Adoption
Even if your spouse’s child calls you “dad” or considers you a close confident and parent, the law does not recognize you as such without going through the formal adoption process. You are not lawfully allowed to make important decisions regarding the child’s life, education and health without adoption.
Adopting a stepchild awards you the same rights and responsibilities as a regular adoption. As an adoptive parent, you may make decisions and provide input on medical care, education, religion and any other important decisions that impact the child’s life. Adoption will also allow you to take over that parental role officially. In case of divorce, formally adopting your stepchild will grant you the right to seek custody.
Personalized Representation For Your Unique Family
Every family is different, and situations vary. We provide every client with the personalized attention and care they deserve. Our Kansas City area stepparent adoption attorneys are ready to help you move forward and bring your family together. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at 816-533-7673 or online.