Stepparent Adoption Cases
A lawyer can make a difference for your family
In many blended families, a stepmother or stepfather can be at least as important in a child's life as the child's biological parents. It's common for stepparents in those situations to need to obtain enforceable parental rights, which requires a petition for adoption. Depending on the circumstances, these adoptions can be relatively smooth or extremely contentious and complicated. But the best way to move forward is to retain an experienced Mesa family law attorney from Brown, Naegle, Crider & Jensen LLC.
Understanding stepparent adoptions
In a stepparent adoption, the spouse of one of the biological parents essentially takes on full parental rights and responsibilities in place of the other biological parent. That means the most important step in a stepparent adoption is the termination of parental rights of the other biological parent. If that biological parent is deceased, absent, or has voluntarily relinquished parental rights, then the process can move forward quickly and smoothly, but legal counsel is still needed to make sure that the adoption is properly filed and all necessary steps are taken.