step parent adoption

You’ve been to all the soccer games and school plays. You’ve been through the sleepless nights, and you’ve enjoyed all the bursts of joyful laughter that parenthood has to offer. Are you ready to adopt your partner’s children? For step parents, the legal process of adoption can increase harmony in your family and peace of mind. We at Heimer Law want to be your guide as you navigate the legal terrain of adoption.

How is step parent adoption different?

As a stepparent, you are not required to go through the home visit process. This is one reason that a step parent adoption can be much less expensive than other forms of adoption. It’s still a big step, and it’s important to get it right.

Adopting your stepchild will mean that you are creating a lifelong legal relationship. You and your spouse should also know that in order for you to adopt, the biological parent outside of your marriage will have to have his or her parental rights terminated. This can often happen without ever contacting them. We are here to answer any questions you might have about any stage of this process.

The unity of your home is at the core of our mission as your legal representative in the adoption of your stepchild. We also strive to keep your costs as low as possible, while providing expert legal service. For more information, schedule a call with us.

How long does it take to get a stepparent adoption?

A step parent adoption can usually be completed in about three weeks if everybody consents to the adoption that needs to.  If someone won’t consent or can’t be found, the adoption usually takes about two months. 

How much does it cost to get a stepparent adoption?

Our standard step parent adoption legal fee is $950.00 if all parties consent.  If a party won’t consent or can’t be found, the legal fees range from $2000 to $3500.  There will also be court costs of about $230.00 and possible travel expenses.

Why do I need to adopt my stepchild if I am already parenting?

Adopting a stepchild can help bond the child to you emotionally and let them know that they will always be a part of your life.  It also protects your interests if your spouse becomes incapacitated or decides to leave the relationship.  Finally, it protects the child by allowing them to inherit from you and have all the legal rights of a naturally born child.

Will we have to talk to the child’s biological parent if we want to proceed?

We can analyze your situation; however, if a biological parent has abandoned the child or was never involved in the child’s life, we can sometimes terminate their rights without ever talking to them.  If we are required to talk to them, we can work with you to take that burden off your shoulders.  We will communicate directly with them or their attorney.

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