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Helping Stepparents Through The Adoption Process

Many issues may arise when a stepparent seeks to adopt a child formally. For example, there may be a need to terminate a biological parent’s parental rights. No matter what problems arise in your adoption process, having a skilled legal guide along the way can be invaluable.

At the Law Office of Matt Sossi, we are here to guide you through the stepparent adoption process and help your family with their efforts to become legally whole. There are a lot of hurdles that can stand between you and becoming a legal parent, and our adoption lawyer will assist you every step of the way.

Getting Through The Stepparent Adoption Process

Stepparent adoption is a legal process that allows a stepparent to adopt their spouse’s child, creating a permanent legal relationship. This process involves several critical steps:

  1. Consent of the Biological Parent: if the other biological parent is alive and still holds parental rights, they will likely need to give consent to the adoption. This step can be one of the most challenging, especially if the biological parent is resistant to the adoption.
  2. Termination of Parental Rights: if the biological parent does not consent to the adoption, there are other options. We can help you seek to terminate their parental rights in court by way of proving they are unfit or absent in their role as a parent by establishing evidence of abandonment, neglect, or failure to support the child.
  3. Home Study and Background Checks: some states require a home study or background check to ensure the adopting stepparent is suitable, and Texas is one of these states. We can help you prepare for the interviews, home visits, and a review of financial stability and parenting capability.
  4. Filing the Petition: after the background check, you will need to file a petition of adoption. We can help you complete this document to request the court recognize you as the legal parent of the child.
  5. Court Hearing: Finally, there will be a court hearing where a judge reviews the case. If everything is in order, the court will issue a final decree that makes you the legal parent of your child.

No matter how long it takes to resolve the steps needed to make you a legal parent, we will advocate for your and your family’s needs every step of the way.

The Services We Offer

The stepparent adoption process can be complex and emotionally charged. Having an experienced attorney can make a significant difference. Our family law attorney will provide comprehensive legal support to guide you through each step. As we advocate for you, we will answer your questions about the process and provide you with information at every stage. We will be sure to take on all the legal matters possible, including paperwork. We can eliminate the stress of speaking for yourself in court by representing you and your family. From the termination of the biological parent’s rights to the establishment of your parental rights, you can rest easy knowing we are your guide through the complex adoption process.

Start Your Adoption Journey Today

Adopting a stepchild is a meaningful and rewarding process that solidifies your family’s bond. If you are considering stepparent adoption, contact our San Antonio office at 210-686-6193 or email us here today.