While every divorce chances the lives of parents and children who go through the process, not every child or parent of a child is affected in the same manner. Some parents and children maintain a close bond with one another following the finalization of a divorce while others slowly (or swiftly, in some cases) drift apart. Children who find themselves in the latter group and distanced from the nonresidential parent may instead bond with the residential parent’s new partner. This bond may become so strong that the child and/or the new partner may wish for the new partner to adopt the child as his or her own.
While a stepparent adoption is difficult, it is not impossible. With the help of an experienced family law firm like Sabuco Beck, P.C., you, your child, and your new partner can create a new family together.
When a child is adopted by a stepparent, there are certain legal changes that occur of which you should be aware. This includes:
Because there are serious consequences to an adoption (both for the nonresidential parent as well as the adoptive parent), it is highly advisable that all parties involved seek legal counsel before an adoption is finalized.
Even where you and your new partner are in agreement that the new partner should adopt your child as his or her own, the process is not necessarily easy. If your child’s other natural parent does not consent to the adoption, an adoption can only be granted upon a finding by the court that the other natural parent is unfit, that his or her parental rights should be involuntarily severed, and that adoption is in the child’s best interests.
With the experienced assistance and counsel of a Joliet family law attorney from Sabuco Beck, P.C., an adoption need not be prohibitively difficult or complicated. Speak with our attorneys today about your adoption goals and we will help you create and follow through on a plan to achieve your goals. Call or contact Sabuco Beck, P.C., and schedule a free initial consultation with us today.
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