Stepparent Adoptions, LaFayette, GA

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We can help with the stepparent adoption process.

If your new spouse has children, you may have taken on the role of stepparent upon marriage. However, even though you fulfill the role of a parent, you do not have legal custody over your spouse’s children.

Stepparent Adoptions in LaFayette, Georgia

If you would like to change this and take on all the legal rights and responsibilities of being a parent, you can move forward with the stepparent adoption process. At Hildebrand Law Office, P.C., we regularly help with stepparent adoptions in LaFayette, Georgia and the surrounding areas.

For stepparent adoptions to become official, either the non-custodial biological parent must sign a surrender of parental rights, or the court will terminate the biological parent’s rights through a court order. Stepparent adoptions are typically a positive step for families, as they can strengthen relationships and provide emotional and legal security for those involved.

Even still, stepparent adoptions can be a complex process, so it is best to seek the help of an experienced adoption attorney to ensure all legal requirements are met. We will guide you through all phases of the stepparent adoption process and ensure that adopting your spouse’s children goes smoothly, so you can start this new phase of your family’s relationship.

Our goal is to make the adoption process a rewarding, simplified process from the very beginning. If you have any questions about stepparent adoptions, we would be happy to answer them. Contact us today to set up a consultation with our law firm.

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FAQs About Stepparent Adoptions

There are a variety of reasons why blended families might inquire about stepparent adoptions. However, it can be a complicated process if you don’t have the support and experience you need from an attorney with extensive experience in adoptions. At Hildebrand Law Office, P.C., we’ve helped countless families over the past 20 years, guiding them through the steps needed to build their families. We’ve also been asked many questions, some of which you might also have. Keep reading to see answers to some of the questions we’re asked most often.

What is an adoption by a stepparent?

A stepparent adoption is when a stepparent legally takes responsibility for their new spouse’s child. This process usually overrides the rights and duties of the other original biological parent.

Who can start the process of adopting a stepchild?

A stepparent adoption can be started by the spouse of the child’s primary caretaker if the other biological parent has given up their rights or agreed to the adoption freely.

In a stepparent adoption, what is the role of the original parent who doesn't have custody?

The original parent who doesn’t have custody may have to agree to the adoption. If they disagree, the court may take away their parenting rights without their permission if certain conditions are met, like abandonment or being unable to care for their child.

What are the benefits of stepparent adoption?

A stepparent adoption can give the stepparent formal recognition and rights as the child’s parent. It may also provide inheritance rights, the ability to get insurance and benefits, and improve the child’s emotional safety and stability.

Will the child's viewpoint be considered?

In certain situations, the child’s choice may be considered, especially if they are at a certain age and level of awareness. Still, the court usually makes the final choice based on what is best for the child. Our team can help you understand this issue better after learning more about your situation.

At Hildebrand Law Office, P.C., we assist clients with stepparent adoptions in LaFayette, Kensington, Rising Fawn, Ringgold, Fort Oglethorpe, and Trenton, Georgia.