How to Terminate Parental Rights in California With Stepparent Adoption

Unless a birth parent agrees to a stepparent adoption, that individual's parental rights will need to be terminated in order for the adoption to continue. If a stepparent files a petition to terminate parental rights, they will need to provide the court with evidence that the parent abandoned the child or is absent from the child's life. However, if the biological father in unknown, the court may not require a hearing.

By |2020-08-07T06:48:21-07:00August 7th, 2020|Adoption, Family Law|0 Comments

What is the Adoption Process in California?

Adoption legally establishes a parent-child relationship between two people who are at least 10 years apart in age. Adoptive parents have a legal responsibility to support their adopted children financially and provide care for them until they reach adulthood. Adopted children have the right to inherit from their adoptive parents even if the parents do not leave a will. For this reason, California law makes it possible to adopt a child or an adult. With this in mind, you are probably searching for more information about the adoption process in California. Here's what you need to know.

By |2020-04-25T12:14:06-07:00April 25th, 2020|Adoption|0 Comments

How Much Does it Cost to Adopt a Child?

The cost to adopt a child varies from one case to another. All adoptions involve, at minimum, the costs of filing certain adoption forms with the court, but they do not need to include lawyers’ fees on top of the other expenses. You can save money on the adoption process by having a registered legal document assistant prepare your adoption forms instead of a lawyer.

By |2020-03-31T17:54:30-07:00March 31st, 2020|Adoption|0 Comments

How Does a Stepparent Adopt a Stepchild?

There are many scenarios in which a stepparent might adopt a stepchild or stepchildren. It can be a straightforward process, but only if the non-custodial parent consents to the adoption. If the biological father does not consent, you still may be able to terminate their parental rights if you meet certain criteria. Although this [...]

By |2019-06-30T17:52:17-07:00June 29th, 2019|Adoption|0 Comments

How to Terminate an Adoption in California

Looking for information on how to terminate an adoption in California? Under certain circumstances, you can terminate an adoption by asking the court to reverse the adoption order. The child’s natural parents, the adoptive parents or the adoptee can file a reversal petition. This article will explain how to terminate an adoption in California.

By |2019-05-12T10:06:04-07:00May 28th, 2018|Adoption|2 Comments

Home Studies and Adoption in California

There are thousands of children in the state of California who are waiting to be adopted. In foster care alone, there are about 58,000 children awaiting permanent placement with a family through adoption.  Adoption is a great way to give these children a chance at a potentially happy and stable family. There are several ways [...]

By |2018-01-18T15:47:52-08:00December 16th, 2014|Adoption|Comments Off on Home Studies and Adoption in California

California Stepparent Adoption – The Process & Forms

Blended families are becoming more common throughout California. When two families come together or a new parent joins a family, the new parent may decide to adopt the children of the other parent to form a more cohesive family unit. Stepparent adoption is the legal process of a stepparent adopting their spouse's minor child. Becoming [...]

By |2019-12-25T15:07:58-08:00April 11th, 2014|Adoption|Comments Off on California Stepparent Adoption – The Process & Forms