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Adoption process

Adoption is the legal process of creating a new parent-child relationship with an adopting parent. An adoptive parent may be a stepparent or domestic partner of one of the birth parents, a relative, or someone completely unrelated. The most important qualifying factor is that the adoptive parent must unequivocally desire to permanently be the parent… Continue reading →

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Adoptions

Traditionally, adoptions are arranged through an adoption agency under the sponsorship of the state. The agency, after reviewing the list of prospective parents, interviewing them, inspecting their home, and conducting other inquiries, chooses the most suitable adoptive parents for the child. Many states allow a lawyer to arrange for a private adoption directly between the… Continue reading →

Adoption for a stepparent

If a biological parent consents to a stepparent adoption and no problems arise, the process can take as little as six months from start to finish. However, if the biological parent does not give his or her consent, by law, a child may not have more than two legal parents.  The biological parent must surrender… Continue reading →

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Stepparent adoptions

Being a stepparent is an important role in the life of your spouse’s child.  The question is, “Do you have the same rights and obligations as the biological parent?” Stepparent adoptions create such a relationship.  The most challenging part of the adoption process is terminating the rights of the biological parent.  Termination can be voluntarily… Continue reading →

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