Can I Adopt My Stepchildren? What’s the Process?
Adopting step children requires compliance with certain procedures and factual findings from the court. Because parental rights are highly protected by the Constitution, a court will be very careful before authorizing an adoption. To determine if you are able to adopt your step children and to ensure that the process is done correctly, contact Attorney Hope Fruchtman to learn more about your options.
What is the adoption process?
Before an adoption may be pursued, the parental rights of the natural parent must be terminated. This can be accomplished if certain circumstances are present, including:
- Voluntary consent to terminate parental rights
- Abandonment of the children
- Abuse or neglect
- Failure to maintain a consistent relationship with the child
If there are facts to demonstrate one or multiple circumstances to terminate parental rights, then Scottsdale AZ family attorneys from Fruchtman Law Firm can assist.
Once parental rights are terminated, you can pursue an adoption if it is deemed in the child’s best interest. An adoption must be approved by a court and there may be social investigations required before a court will approve. Consent may also be required from a parent and the child.
How can an attorney help?
Scottsdale AZ family attorneys will help ensure that the adoption is done correctly. Adoption laws are highly complex, so it is important that you comply with the proper procedures. If the parent whose rights must be terminated contests the process, then it may be necessary to gather evidence and witnesses to prove your case. An attorney can assist with this and issue any necessary subpoenas.
Attorney Hope Fruchtman at Fruchtman Law Firm is experienced with adoptions and can provide legal representation to guide you through the process. If you would like to adopt your stepchildren, then contact us to learn how we can help.