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.

However, if the biological parent refuses to give up parental rights, the adoption process becomes more difficult - though not impossible. The solution in this case is to petition the court to involuntarily terminate parental rights through a court order. To move forward, you absolutely need an experienced family law attorney on your side.

Attorney Crider can help you move forward

Adoption attorney Brad Crider can help in both of the above scenarios. We will advise you through each step of an adoption so you will know exactly what to expect. Before an adoption can proceed, a petition for termination of parental rights will need to be filed in court. Whether it occurs voluntarily or if a case must be made for the involuntary termination of parental rights, Brad Crider is ready to help you.

To set up your free initial consultation with a Mesa adoption attorney and learn more about the stepparent adoption process, contact us online or call 480-378-9000.

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