The Basics of Stepparent Adoption

December 1st, 2016

If you’re a stepparent looking to adopt a stepchild you might want to consider seeking the assistance of Ronald Johnston, an experienced Hillsboro family law attorney.

StepparentsA stepparent adoption can be emotionally positive for the adopted child as well as a way for him or her to feel like part of the family. There are also several legal reasons for a stepparent to adopt a stepchild.

Adoption makes the stepparent a legal parent and removes the role from the biological parent, which can benefit the child if their biological parent is absent or a negative influence.

Here are some other legal reasons for a stepparent to adopt a stepchild:

• Adoption legalizes the relationship between stepparent and stepchild.
• Adoption allows the stepparent to extend medical coverage to the stepchild.
• Adoption gives the stepparent rights if the other parent dies or becomes incapacitated.

For a stepparent to adopt a stepchild, the biological parent must agree to the adoption. If they don’t voluntarily agree, the courts will have to get involved.

A stepchild adoption usually takes about six months.

Ronald Johnston is a compassionate family law attorney in Hillsboro. He has over 40 years of experience with stepparent adoption and other family law matters. To contact him, click here.

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