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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 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 by calling (949) 416-2057.

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​ 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 their approval.

Call Our Skilled Newport Beach 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 lawyers will do everything in their power to secure the best results possible for you and your family.

Adopting your stepchild? Contact our firm online or call (949) 416-2057 today for caring, compassionate representation.