Stepparent adoption is one way of demonstrating the affection that has developed within a blended family. However, it’s more than a matter of the heart; an adoption confers rights and responsibilities on the adoptive parent and additional legal protections on the adopted child.
Adding Legal Protections to Loving Relationships
Stepparent adoptions are often desirable when widows or widowers remarry because the new spouse would have no rights (and the child, presumably, less protection) if anything should happen to the natural parent. In cases of divorce and remarriage, stepparent adoptions can be unnecessary, as when both natural parents are actively and constructively engaged in parenting. A stepparent adoption may be essential for the welfare of the child when a natural parent is unreliable, erratic or dangerous.
The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer assists in all aspects of stepparent adoption throughout Santa Clara and Alameda counties. With more than 30 years of combined family law experience, our attorneys deliver thorough and effective service to ensure a successful completion of the adoption process.