Newport Beach Stepparent Adoptions
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Many stepparents see their stepchildren as their own children and would
like to make their parental rights legal through adoption. Although the
stepparent adoption process is generally simpler than a standard adoption,
it isn’t necessarily easier. Stepparent adoption requires consent
from the child’s other biological parent, which means it can become
very complex if you cannot obtain it.
Thankfully you don’t have to navigate this complicated process alone.
At the Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner, our Newport Beach family law attorneys
are uniquely qualified to help you achieve your adoption goals. Our legal
team features a Certified Specialist in the area of Family Law, and bring
more than 20 years of collective experience to our clients’ cases.
We offer free case evaluations.
Reach out to our firm for experienced legal guidance.
What to Do If You Can’t Get Consent
Getting consent from the child’s other biological parent is often
the most difficult part of the process. This is because the parent will
have to completely waive their parental rights, including visitation rights
and the power to make decisions regarding medical care and education.
While some parents will give consent for adoption because they believe
it is in the best interests of the child, others may take personal offense
and can make things difficult.
If you can’t get consent from the other parent, you do have legal
recourse. For example, our Newport Beach family law lawyers can help
you take the following steps:
Proving child was abandoned by the other parent. To prove abandonment, you must be able to show that the other biological
parent has not remained in contact with the child, supported them financially,
nor utilized their parental rights for at least one year.
The court decides to permit the adoption. Your attorney can help you file an
Adoption Request, which requires the other birth parent to show up to court on a given
date and make a case for blocking the adoption. In this instance, it’s
vital to retain a skilled attorney who can craft a compelling case to
allow the adoption.
When you cannot get consent, adoptions can become extremely complex. Call
949.416.2057 to get seasoned counsel from the Law Offices of Marc E. Mitzner.
Discuss the Adoption with the Child
It’s crucial to have a conversation with your child and make sure
they’re ready for the adoption. This will make the process easier
for them, and you may need them to give their consent. If they are 12
years of age or older, a judge will not order the adoption final without
Call Our Skilled Newport Beach Family Law Attorneys Today
While the stepparent adoption itself can be a beautiful and exciting time,
the process can be complex and arduous. At the Law Offices of Marc E.
Mitzner, our Certified Family Law Specialist has the knowledge and experience
to guide you every step of the way. When you retain our firm, our Newport
Beach family law lawyers will do everything in their power to secure the
best results possible for you and your family.
Adopting your stepchild? Contact our firm today for caring, compassionate