How Does a Stepparent Adopt a Stepchild in Arizona?
When you marry somebody with children, you have a big decision to make. You may choose to keep things the same. Perhaps the two of you want to have your own children and create a blended family. You may children of your own already who are grown and out on their own. Every situation is unique. If you aren’t sure what your options are, you should call and talk to an experienced Arizona family lawyer.
You may not realize how easy it is to complete a stepparent adoption in Arizona. If the other parent is willing to consent to the adoption, the process is rather simple. It can also be accomplished in a matter of months. However, if the children’s other parent intends to fight the adoption, it’s a different story. If you want to discuss your case and find out the best way to proceed, call and talk to one of our attorneys.
What is a Stepparent Adoption?
A stepparent adoption is essentially when you marry into a family with kids and want to step in as their mom or dad. Their biological parent may be in the picture. Or they may not be involved in their lives. If that’s the case, it may be a bit easier to move forward with the adoption. If, however, they’re heavily involved, it would make sense for them to challenge it.
Depending on your situation, adopting your new spouse’s children may not be an option. It’s very hard to convince a judge to terminate a person’s parental rights. Knowing that, you may want to work out some other arrangement.
Is This Kind of Adoption Easier than a Regular Adoption?
A stepparent adoption is almost the same thing as a regular adoption. The difference is that, with a stepparent adoption, you’ve already established a relationship with the children. They also presumably live with you, so the home study won’t be all that difficult. With a stepparent adoption, you also have the consent of at least one of the biological parents. It’s just a matter of getting the other parent to agree. If that isn’t an issue, then a stepparent adoption is almost a formality. You have to complete the requisite background checks and complete the home study.
Once these things are done, you will go before a judge and ask them to sign off on your petition.
Contact an Arizona Family Lawyer When You’re Ready
If you’ve recently married somebody who has children, you may be wondering if you’re able to adopt their children. It’s certainly something you’ve discussed. Some people think it’s a very difficult thing to do. There are so many horror stories on the news and social media about stepparent adoptions. The truth is that, if you have an experienced Arizona family lawyer, it isn’t all that difficult. It really depends on whether the biological parent is willing to consent to the adoption.
If you aren’t sure what this process entails or you know you’re ready to move forward, call our office. You can sit down with an experienced Arizona family lawyer who has handled several cases just like yours. Even if the other parent isn’t willing to sign away their rights, that doesn’t mean you can’t move forward. Your attorney may be able to convince the judge that it’s in the best interests of the children to have you become their parent. Call and schedule a consultation so you can sit down with a lawyer who can answer any questions you may have.