Posts Tagged ‘biological parent’

When You Are an Unmarried Father, What Are Your Rights?

If you are the biological parent of a child, you have a right to seek reasonable visitation or child custody as it pertains to that child. This applies even to parents who were not married when the child was born. The courts usually look at it this way: Having both parents in the child’s life… Continue reading →

Questioning paternity?

A father’s role in his child’s life is equally as important as a mother’s.  Are you questioning whether you are the father of a child? Are you looking to prove paternity in order to receive custody rights or are you trying to disprove paternity so you won’t be responsible for paying child support? When there… Continue reading →

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Can I still see my step-kids?

As we’ve seen in celebrities and their families, step parents often have a hand in raising children and form meaningful bonds with them. That’s why when a child’s parent and stepparent get a divorce, California allows stepparents to petition for visitation rights. Court’s will generally show preference to the birth parents’ wishes. But they can… Continue reading →

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Emotional issues that may arise from a stepparent adoption

Stepparent adoptions can be complicated when the non-custodial biological parent is still alive and in contact with the child. There may be no legal reason why the adoption cannot take place, but the emotional impact of the adoption also needs to be considered. The impact on the child should be of primary importance. If an… Continue reading →

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Step-parent adoption

Are you the sole custodian of your child?  Now that you have remarried, are you thinking about your new wife taking the legal place of your child’s inactive biological parent? In order for this to occur, you need to have the biological parent’s rights terminated before the adoption procedure starts.  In some cases, the biological… Continue reading →

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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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Adopting a step child

Many marriages come with a child from another parent – maybe the parent wants nothing to do with the child or he or she may be deceased.  If the parent is alive, he or she needs to consent to the adoption first.  In any event, you love that child and you want to make him… Continue reading →

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