Helping Stepparents Who Want to Adopt
At Kearney Baker, we regularly assist stepparents who want to formally adopt their stepchildren. We know that this is not an easy decision, and we also know just how important it is for kids to have parental guidance and support as they grow. Adopting a stepchild can become a contentious process, however, especially when it requires terminating the birth parent’s parental rights. We can discuss this process with you and help you to consider all of your options when it comes to adopting a stepchild.
We fully recognize that families come in all shapes and sizes, and that no two family situations are exactly alike. Many children benefit from having the support of stepparents in addition to support from their biological parents. At the same time, we also know that many kids rely on their stepparents, and those stepparents may want to formalize that legal relationship through a stepparent adoption. No matter what your situation is, we can speak with you about your options and how to get started on the adoption process. Our Pasadena stepparent adoption attorneys are here to guide you through this process to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected.
Terminating a Birth Parent’s Rights
For a stepparent to adopt, the birth parent will need to consent, or it will be necessary to terminate the birth parent’s parental rights. We know how complicated and difficult this process can be. There are various reasons why a birth parent’s rights can be terminated, from abandonment to abuse or criminal conduct. In some cases, it may be possible to terminate parental rights by challenging parentage. We can help you choose the best course of action from the options that are available to you.
Contesting a California Stepparent Adoption in Pasadena
As family lawyers in Pasadena, we have represented many different parties in various legal matters affecting families. In some stepparent adoption cases, the biological parent does not want to give up parental rights and has grounds to contest a stepparent adoption. If you are in this situation, we can work with you to contest a stepparent adoption. Situations may have prevented you from providing support to your child in the past, but that does not mean you are ready to relinquish your parental rights. We can discuss options for challenging a stepparent adoption.
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At the Law Offices of Kearney Baker in Pasadena, we are ready to help your family with any and all tough legal issues.