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.
If you want to know how to adopt an adult stepchild, there are some important things to be aware of. First, the consent of a biological parent is not required in an adult stepchild adoption. For this reason, some stepparents wait for a stepchild to reach age 18 to bypass the protest of a biological parent.
People often are looking for inexpensive options to handle legal procedures and ask us "do I need to hire an attorney?" Hiring an attorney is a personal decision, however in many circumstances, the answer is no. Yes, there are complex legal issues that need the advice and experience of a seasoned licensed attorney. Likewise, there [...]
The termination of parental rights involves a court order in which a parent permanently ends a legal parent-child relationship. Parental rights can be terminated voluntary or involuntary, but can a parent voluntarily give up parent rights? Below is a basic overview on how a parent can give up parental rights in California. Read on [...]
Blended families are very common today. As blended families continue to grow, stepparents are researching how to adopt their stepchildren. A People’s Choice can help you complete the paperwork you need to file a petition to adopt your stepchild in California. Read on to learn more about how you can terminate rights of parent in [...]
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 [...]
A child’s contact with his or her biological parents after adoption is not always the norm. In many cases, an adopted child begins a new life, and only sees former family members if the child later chooses to seek them out. For all intents and purposes, an adopted child becomes a part of his or [...]
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 [...]