There are a number of reasons why a stepparent may want to legally adopt their stepchild or stepchildren. This type of adoption creates a legal relationship between the stepparent and the stepchild or stepchildren that is the same as if the stepparent was the natural parent. A stepparent adoption can occur in a few different ways:
1.) With the consent of the biological parent who is giving up his or her legal rights
2.) Without the consent of the biological parent, if he or she has failed to communicate or interact with the child or children for more than a year without a good reason.
3.) Without the consent of the biological parent, if he or she has failed to financially support the child or children for more than a year without a good reason.
At Barney ♦ DeBrosse, LLC, Attorneys at Law, we pride ourselves on our work uniting families and we are able to offer a flat rate package for a stepparent adoption in which the other biological parent consents to the adoption. This package will include the drafting and preparation of all forms as well as representation at the adoption hearing. We also represent adopting parents in cases where the biological parent contests the stepparent adoption, or cannot be located, and these services are offered at our normal hourly rates, which will be discussed at your initial consultation.
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