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.
A 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.