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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
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.
Learn about adopting an adult stepchild in California and how to complete the adult adoption without hiring an attorney.
For various reasons, there may come a time when a parent’s rights are terminated under California law. What this means is that the parent is no longer considered the minor child’s legal parent, and all rights and obligations of being a parent end. The issue of terminating parental rights in California often comes up [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]