Step parent adoptions are used to unite new families together. The relationship with a birth parent is terminated, and the step parent (husband or wife) becomes the new legal parent of the child. There are many reasons families use step parent adoptions. A teenager that has only known the step parent as a parent may want to be adopted. A birth parent may want to give a child up to the new family for support or other reasons.
The step parent adoption process can be complex. When considering a step parent adoption, it is important to work with family law attorneys familiar with the procedure. The family law lawyers at Stephens & Margolin LLP can help navigate the process for you. If you are considering a step parent adoption, or were requested to consent to the adoption of your child, we invite you to contact us to discuss your rights.