Being a parent is a wonderful experience for most people, but not all parenting looks the same. In fact, stepparents are often some of the most influential people in a child’s life. Stepparents provide support and love for children, and it is important to understand the stepparent adoption process. At Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC, we are ready to get to work helping you if you are ready to adopt a stepchild. Let our Chandler stepparent adoption attorneys examine your case and get to work today.
Founded in 1997, Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC is one of the oldest law firms in the Chandler area. We have extensive experience with family law matters and are ready to help you through this very personal matter.
The adoption process in Arizona for stepparents can become incredibly complicated. However, with the help of an experienced family law attorney, the process becomes less intimidating. Your attorney will be responsible for:
There are many reasons that adoption by a stepparent makes sense and can benefit a child. A stepparent who adopts will be able to officially make decisions for a child that they probably are already taking care of. As with a typical biological parent-child relationship, the child and stepparent will be able to inherit from each other. Most importantly, this type of adoption offers a sense of security and belonging for the child.
One of the most complicated aspects of stepparent adoption is terminating the parental rights of the non-participating parent or absentee parent. In many cases, the stepparent is already in a support role for the child, and the biological parent may or may not be providing.
If the absent parent agrees to sign documents relinquishing their parental rights, the stepparent adoption may be simple. However, the absent parent may not readily agree to relinquish their rights. In these cases, a formal court hearing may be necessary. This requires extensive paperwork, court appearances, and a family service agency investigation.
If you want to officially adopt your stepchild, congratulations. At Wilson-Goodman Law Group, PLLC, we understand the value of making this official step. However, this process can be confusing to go through. Our knowledgeable and experienced team is ready to get to work helping you through this. A Chandler stepparent adoption attorney can walk you through this process, step-by-step. You can contact us for a one-on-one appointment to discuss your case by clicking here or by calling (480) 503-9217.