Family Member and Stepparent Adoptions

Stepparent Adoptions

There are many stepparents who desire to adopt their stepchildren. This process is typically easier than an adoption for a non-related child. However, the other biological parent (the one not married to the stepparent) must give permission for the adoption and agree to give up his or her rights to the child, or the must have passed away. If the other biological parent is unwilling to sign away their rights, the stepparent can attempt to show that the other biological parent's rights should be terminated if the circumstances warrant this step. A stepparent who adopts their stepchild can solidify a family bond and establish inheritance rights for that child.

Grandparent and Family Member Adoptions

At times, grandparents or other close relatives can provide a loving and stable home for a child who would not otherwise experience a positive environment with their own biological parents. Grandparents or close relative adoptions give legal rights to the relative to have the child live with them. In addition, the grandparents or family members are given the right to make the major decisions in the child's life.

Family Law Experts at Smalley Law Firm in Norman

Richard Smalley and his family law team are committed to helping family members and stepparents build their families. Smalley Law Firm in Norman, OK has the expertise and resources you need to have a successful adoption process. If you have questions regarding stepparent or family member adoptions, you need to contact our firm today.