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Stepparent Adoption

Stepparent Adoption

The Maggio Law Firm delights in handling stepparent adoptions. However, we are not an adoption agency, and we do not assist clients in finding infants to adopt. We help couples wanting to solidify the tie between a committed stepfather or stepmother and their stepchildren by way of adoption.

Whether the other biological parent has died, is no longer involved in the child’s life, or has agreed to a termination of parental rights, the guidance of an experienced stepparent adoption lawyer is valuable and reassuring. The Maggio Law Firm uses every available legal tool to ensure that a stepparent adoption handled by the law firm will not be reversible for any reason.

An adoption changes a family tree forever. It is often an appropriate decision for a stepparent who is already an involved parental figure in the life of a child whose biological father or mother is no longer around. Through adoption, the stepchild may become eligible for Social Security and life insurance benefits in the event of the untimely death of the devoted stepparent.

Taking steps toward stepparent adoption

When you are ready to begin the process of adopting a step child, we will work with you to pursue your goals and the best interests of the child. Steps toward stepparent adoption include filing a petition for freedom from parental custody (termination of parental rights), social services requirements such as a home study investigation, and proactive communications with an absent biological parent who might wish to contest the proposed adoption.

We are committed to working in your child's best interest

When it is in the child’s best interest to formalize the parental bond between stepparent and stepchild, parents are well advised to contact a California stepparent adoption attorney who is intimately acquainted with all the necessary steps in the adoption process.

We are committed to working in your child's best interest

When it is in the child’s best interest to formalize the parental bond between stepparent and stepchild, parents are well advised to contact a California stepparent adoption attorney who is intimately acquainted with all the necessary steps in the adoption process.

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Gerry and Carol are professional and kind, above all.

No request or timeframe is too much for them, and at all times they made us both feel cared for and served with kindness. Thank you both.

Liesl B.

Gerry and Carol are professional and kind, above all.

No request or timeframe is too much for them, and at all times they made us both feel cared for and served with kindness. Thank you both.

Liesl B.

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