Adopting a stepchild and raising him/her as your own is the dream of many special people called Stepparents. The decision to assume all the responsibilities and challenges is a difficult but rewarding one. This process can be quick and easy depending on the relationship of the child with their biological parents or complicated.
Stepparent adoptions are governed by State law. Most States make the adoption process a little easier for stepparents, but requirements for home studies, criminal background checks, and procedures for obtaining consent of the noncustodial parent vary widely.
There are many legal issues to consider and steps to take when adopting a stepchild. Issues to be considered are the well being of the child, opposition from the biological parent, petitions for involuntary or voluntary termination of parental rights, paternity registration, etc…
At D’Lugo and DeFlora, P.A. we can help you through the process and ensure the specific legal requirements are met.
The Law Office of D’Lugo & DeFlora prides itself on being able to consistently handle complex Family Law matters for its clients by combining extensive experience with a devoted work ethic. Call us for a consultation at 407.870.5551 or online at www.kissimmeefamilylaw.com.