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Does a Stepparent Have a Shot at Getting Legal Decision Making?

Did you know that less than 50% of kids in the United States under 18 years old live in a “traditional family” household (Pew Research Center)? In today’s society, 15% of children live with parents who are in a remarriage. And 6% of children live with a stepparent (2013 Current Population Survey). The National Healthy…

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Stepparent Adoption Means Terminating Another Parent's Legal Rights

In situations where a stepparent acts as one of the child’s primary caregivers and the other biological parent is not involved in the child’s life, stepparent adoption may be in the best interests of the child. Adoption terminates one biological parent’s legal rights and allows the stepparent to take over those rights and responsibilities. When…

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Stepparent Adoptions Increasing with Thousands of Stepfamilies Forming Every Day

 Stepfamilies are a huge part of American society, yet the mainstream media rarely mentions the unique needs of both parents and children when they are assimilating into one family. The U.S. Census Bureau reports 1300 new stepfamilies are forming every day and more than 50 percent of families are remarried or recoupled with kids less…

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What To Understand About Same-Sex Couples and Adoptions in California

Same sex couples face unique legal challenges when they decide to become a family with children. While California allows same-sex couples to adopt, the process can be long and difficult. The adoption process is often difficult even for heterosexual couples, and same-sex couples face even greater challenges when it comes to adoption. In California, GLBT…

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What is the Process for Stepparent Adoptions in Orange County?

In stepparent adoption, one biological or legal parent retains custody control of the children, with the stepmother or stepfather of the child seeking to adopt the child. Stepparent adoption cases are filed in Probate court, not Family Law court. An investigation case file is opened after the initial paperwork has been filed with the court…

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