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California Stepparent Adoption: Who Qualifies as a Stepparent?

A stepparent adoption occurs when the spouse of a child’s custodial parent adopts the child. If you are a stepparent in California and you are interested in adopting your stepchild, you should consider the basic requirements that must be met according to California state law and then consult an experienced family law attorney. Who Qualifies as a Stepparent for Stepparent Adoption in California? To qualify the custodial parent and stepparent must be married at least one year before the adoption. It is relatively common for a stepparent and stepchild to develop a strong bond. In some instances, the relationship with…

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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 Marriage Resource Center estimated the number of stepchildren as of 2011 to be between 10 and 20%, but since remarriages are on the rise, we can only assume that the number stepfamilies and stepchildren are also increasing. Given these statistics many find it surprising that…

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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 to Consider Stepparent Adoption Some scenarios where stepparent adoption may be the best choice include cases where the other biological parent has died; cases where the other parent is uninvolved in the child’s life, due to imprisonment or abandonment; and cases where the other parent…

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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 than 13 years old. Unlike normal adoption, stepparent adoption is for individuals who want to solidify their commitment as a stepfather or stepmother and adopt their stepchild. An experienced stepparent adoption attorney is critical to draft legal documents, review them, and counsel on a stepparent’s…

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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 adoption and second parent adoption are legal and can present significant legal and social challenges for same-sex couples. Gay and lesbian couples often decide to bring a child into their lives through conception and birth. For a lesbian couple, this involves finding a male donor…

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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 and a Court investigator will be assigned to file a report with the Court withing 90 days following the interview and a visit to the adopting stepparent’s residence. Children that are at least 4 years of age should be advised by the parent and stepparent…

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