Stepparent Adoptions in California Are Relatively Straightforward
Adopting in California is not terribly difficult, but the best advice anyone can be given is to discuss the matter with an experienced Orange County family attorney.
Adopting a stepchild in California may be a relatively simple process, although as with many things dealing with the law, each case is different. There are generally exceptions in many instances as well and it never hurts to be smart and speak to a qualified Orange County family lawyer. It’s better to know what is actually involved right up front rather than find out later about something no one thought about,” explained Gerald A. Maggio of The Maggio Law Firm in Irvine, California.
One of the first things everyone needs to consider is the responsibility of adopting another person’s child. It’s definitely a decision with long-term consequences, and not something to be rushed into on the part of the adopting step-parent or the child. For this reason, it’s often a good idea to talk to the child about the process and what it will mean for them to make sure that is what “they” want.
In most cases, there are several forms that will need to be filled out, and they are usually Adopt-200,210 and 215. An Orange County family attorney will advise which documents are needed and how they should be filled out when the adoption process is started. “The Adopt-200 is the formal adoption request that lets the judge know everything about the child being adopted and the step-parent adopting. The Adopt-210 is the formal adoption agreement between the child and adopting step-parent and it only gets signed when the judge indicates it is ok to do so,” explained Maggio.
The last form, the Adopt-215 is the actual adoption order and this will be signed by a judge if they agree to the adoption. While this may sound a bit complicated, with the assistance of a skilled Orange County family lawyer, the adoption process will go smoothly.
Gerald A. Maggio is senior partner of The Maggio Law Firm, Inc., an Orange County and Riverside Divorce and Family Law firm headquartered in Irvine, California. The Maggio Law Firm is experienced in all aspects of divorce and family law matters, including child custody, child support, spousal support, complicated high asset marital property cases, and domestic partnerships.
Gerald A. Maggio is an Orange County divorce attorney, in Irvine, California. For more information or to schedule a consultation with Orange County divorce lawyer Gerald Maggio, contact The Maggio Law Firm by calling (949) 553-0304 or visiting www.maggiolawfirm.com.
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