STEP PARENT AND GRANDPARENT ADOPTIONS
An adoption permanently alters the legal relationship between a child and his or her biological parents. Adopted parents become the legal parents and biological parents give up all parental rights and obligations. This means that biological parents no longer owe child support, and that the child can no longer automatically inherent from his or her biological parents.
Step parent and grandparent adoptions are very similar in procedures which are not nearly as difficult to achieve as are adoptions by non-relatives; however, there are still legal steps that must be taken. In nonrelative adoptions, courts require home visits by the Department of Human Resources, but visits are not required in step parent and grandparent adoptions. The major obstacle that must be overcome in step parent and grandparent adoptions is that consent must be obtained from the other biological parent before the adoption can be granted because the process terminates the non-adopting parent’s parental rights. There are several ways that this can be done and we will pursue whatever course is necessary in your case. It is much easier if you have the consent of the biological parent in advance, but we may be able to help you in the event this is impossible or extremely difficult for you to obtain.