Step-Parent Adoption

When a stepparent wishes to adopt a stepchild, the child’s biological parents are usually both required to consent to the adoption.  In consenting to an adoption, the noncustodial parent relinquishes all parental rights and responsibilities, including child support.  If the noncustodial parent does not consent to the adoption, the Court may deny the request.  The Court is more likely to approve the request for adoption if the noncustodial parent has failed to provide support or abandoned the child for more than one year.  The adopting stepparent assumes financial and legal responsibility for the child.  The attorneys at Dailey Law, P.C. are available to assist you in evaluating your potential adoption case.