Adoptions might be the happiest events that occur in any court, and it's not at all uncommon for stepparents to be involved in the adoption process. Quite often a stepparent will provide more financial, physical and emotional support than the parent who doesn't have custody. However, the stepparent and biological custodial parent can't just fill out some forms to begin the adoption process. The other biological parent still has rights, and those rights must be addressed and terminated before the adoption process can even begin.
Termination of Parental Rights
When parental rights are terminated, the parent who isn't in custody of the child is stripped of all rights and obligations in connection with a child. Those include the right of visitation and the obligation of child support. That occurs in one of two ways. First, the parent who isn't in custody of the child can voluntarily surrender his or her rights. The other way is to petition a court to terminate the parental rights of that noncustodial parent. In either case, you'll want a knowledgeable, experienced and respected adoption attorney representing you.
After Termination of Parental Rights
After an order has been entered terminating the parental rights of the biological parent who isn't in custody of the child, the stepparent can start the adoption case. Contact an experienced adoption attorney to explain and work with you throughout the adoption process.
What happens if you become incapacitated or die?
If the custodial parent should die, become incapacitated or even divorce, a stepparent that has not adopted a child would not have legal rights to that child. That may mean the court could award custody to another person, to include, another relative that the child doesn’t even know. Significantly, if a stepparent does not have legal rights to the child, the child could be removed from the home. Christina Campbell is a highly regarded Atlanta adoption attorney who works in the best interests of children and their families on a daily basis. Stepparent adoption might operate in the best interests of your child. With the help of Christina Campbell on your stepparent adoption case, you're looking after the best interests of your entire family.
Contact Christina Campbell about stepparent adoption and the best interests of your child by calling The Campbell Law Practice, LLC in Atlanta at 404-981-5257.
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