Temecula Step-Parent Adoption Attorney
In today’s society, more and more children have step-parents who play a crucial role in their lives. Particularly in situations where a custodial parent remarries and the non-custodial parent is mostly or entirely absent from the child’s life, the step-parent fills the role of the child’s other parent. Step-parent adoption allows the emotional bonds to become legal ones, making the step-parent the legal parent of the child. However, there are particular complexities that may arise in a step-parent adoption. The non-custodial parent must agree to relinquish parental rights, and this may bring up emotional issues that can be hard to deal with.
That is why we recommend talking to a Temecula step-parent adoption attorney about your desire to adopt your step-child. We can talk to you about the legal process of completing a step-parent adoption and can determine how to best assist you in completing the adoption as smoothly as possible.
About Step-Parent Adoption in Temecula, CA
In order to complete a step-parent adoption in Temecula, California, you and your spouse must have been married for a minimum of one year. The non-custodial parent must also agree to relinquish his or her parental rights. If the other parent does agree with the adoption, you will need to file a petition with the court to terminate parental rights. This is necessary if you are to be able to complete the adoption and is yet another reason it is important to involve a lawyer to help with your case. If the other spouse does not agree to the step-parent adoption, you may petition to terminate his or her parental rights on the grounds of abandonment, drug abuse, alcohol abuse, domestic violence or whatever complaint may apply to the particular situation. Your lawyer can help gather evidence of this and present it to the court in a logical fashion on order to support your case.
Contact a Temecula step-parent adoption lawyer from the Law Offices of Richard K. Isles today for a free consultation regarding your case.