For a step-parent, an adoption is meant to help make a family feel whole. It is there to secure a loving bond between step-parent and step-child, and also to provide greater rights for the step-parent in the event of an emergency.
But navigating adoption rights for step-children can be challenging, and often it helps to have excellent representation. At the Zitser Family Law Group, we have years of experience with step-parent adoption representation in Los Angeles County and Orange County to help you navigate this legal challenge.
The Types of Step-Parent Adoption
There are two different types of step-parent adoption:
Uncontested stepchild adoption is when the birth parent is either deceased, the birth father is unknown, or the birth parents are known and consent to the adoption. Uncontested step-parent adoptions are generally simple, and although it often helps to have representation, the process tends to be smooth for all parties.
The other type of step-parent adoption is contested adoption. This is where the birth parent is usually absent in the child’s life, but is known and refuses to consent to the adoption. These adoptions require significant knowledge of the law and excellent representation to move forward, as they are much more complex procedures.
For the courts to make a decision in your favor, you and your Los Angeles adoption attorney need to prove the birth parent’s inadequate parenting or absence, as well as the financial, emotional, social, educational, and familiar support provided by the step-parent.
The Department of Children and Family Services is often contacted to determine if the birth parent is absent and the safety of placing the child in the step-parent’s care. The DCFS will then try to advocate for the step-parent and assist you with your case.
Help With Your Step-parent Adoption Needs in Southern California
The process can be emotionally challenging and legally complex, and that’s why it’s important to call the Zitser Family Law Group today. As a Certified Family Law Specialist in Los Angeles, our team has years of experience with step-parent adoptions and their challenges with dozens of cases in our history, and we’ll bring that experience and energy to your case to make sure you are in the best position to adopt your child.
Birth parents are given many protections under the law, and winning these cases may be difficult. But with the right representation, you will give yourself the best opportunity to show the courts and all parties that you are ready to step in to such an important role, and to make your child/parent bond official. If you’re interested in getting started, call us today at 310-948-6461 or 818-763-5274.