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.
Parents may voluntarily relinquish parental rights in California. Voluntary relinquishment of parental rights, however, can only be made under specific legal circumstances. Obviously parents choose to relinquish their parental rights for a variety of reasons including divorce, adoption, legal guardianship, or foster care. The voluntary relinquishment of parental rights must be granted in a court [...]
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 [...]