Adopting your stepchild is an excellent way to expand your role as a parent and can help bring your family closer together. Moreover, the process is significantly easier than most other adoption processes. That said, stepchild adoption is not without its own obstacles, especially if the other parent refuses to consent to the adoption. Under these circumstances, you can still potentially adopt your stepchild, so continue reading to learn more.
Obtaining the consent of the other birth parent is the most likely obstacle you may encounter as you attempt to adopt your stepchild. Keep in mind that, by consenting to the adoption, the other parent must give up all rights to the child. Therefore, unless you and your spouse choose to allow continued contact, the other parent will not have any rights to visit the child or have a say in the child’s upbringing.
If the child and parent do not have much of a relationship, the parent may voluntarily give up these rights since it will also put an end to any financial obligations that parent has to the child. If the parent does not consent to the adoption, it is still possible to move forward with the adoption.
Below are some situations in which you may adopt your stepchild without the other birth parent’s consent:
- The other birth parent abandoned the child for at least one year or failed to provide child support.
- The court deemed the other birth parent unfit to care for the child due to a mental disturbance, abuse, incarceration, neglect, failure to visit, or substance abuse.
- The presumed birth father is not the child’s father.
Although adopting a stepchild is not as complex as other adoptions, it is crucial to hire an attorney with experience in handling such matters to ensure the best results.
Reach Out to Our Law Office to Learn More About Adopting Your Stepchild
Growing a family and strengthening the bond you have with your stepchild is an incredible gift. If you would like to adopt your stepchild, you must hire a knowledgeable family law attorney to provide the strong legal support and compassionate guidance you need to overcome the potential obstacles you may face throughout the process. At the Law Offices of Frank E. Mann, P.C., our attorney is backed by more than 33 years of legal experience. You can rest assured your case will be in good hands with us.
Call our law office today at (713) 903-8112 to set up a free initial consultation to discuss your adoption case.