Some blended families eventually ponder the question of whether or not to adopt their spouse’s children. Once you’ve made the choice to adopt your stepchild, The Garling Law Firm, LLC can provide hands-on guidance through the adoption process. We understand the unique challenges that blended families face when adopting stepchildren and can help you resolve issues ranging from paperwork to obtaining the non-custodial parent’s consent. Our Brighton stepparent adoption lawyer is here to walk you each step with our compassionate support.
In Colorado, a stepparent who wishes to adopt a stepchild must undergo a criminal background check and screening. The biological parent must also be notified about the adoption and provide consent. If the child’s biological parent has passed away, abandoned the child for more than a year or failed to pay child support for more than a year, then consent of that parent is generally not required.
Requirements of stepparent adoption:
When there is a dispute between the child’s biological parent and the adopting parent, then the stepparent must be able to prove that the adoption is in the child’s best interests. Our adoption lawyer can work with you to prepare a strong and convincing case for your adoption.
Once a stepchild adoption is complete, the other parent’s biological rights are terminated. This means that you are now legally responsible for providing financial support to the child and fulfilling your parental obligations. The child can also benefit from inheritance rights and solidify your family’s bond.
If you are interested in learning more about the implications of a stepchild adoption, contact our office and we can discuss your concerns.
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