How do I adopt a step-child?

What a lot of people don’t realize is that there are many different kinds of adoptions. Some of these include domestic adoption, international adoption, private adoption, and also step-child adoption. In a lot of situations, step-parents and step-children form a strong bond. However, unless legal steps are taken, the step-parent will not be able to act as a legal guardian to the child. One way that this can be remedied is if the step-parent adopts the child as their own.

Some of the reasons that a step-parent may make the decision to officially adopt the child as their own include:

  • Child abandonment by a biological parent
  • Child abuse or neglect by a biological parent
  • Simply wanting to make the parental relationship official in the eyes of the law
  • The other biological parent has not been present or is unknown to the biological parent that is present

Adoption is a very exciting time for families. It can also be very stressful because there is a lot of paperwork that must be done. In addition, if the other biological parent does not want to relinquish their parental rights, they may contest the adoption. Regardless of the situation, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney who can provide you with assistance in this legal matter today.

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