Family law is often about disagreements and families splitting apart. Adoptions are the exception to this rule as they center around agreement and families coming together. There is no more joyous event then when a child comes together with his or her new parent and begins a new chapter in their life. Having an attorney to assist you with the process can ensure that the adoption goes quickly and smoothly. Our Orange County attorneys handle such matters in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the rest of our area. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer.
Lawyers handling stepparent adoptions in Anaheim, Santa Ana, and the rest of Orange County
There are multiple instances in which a stepparent adoption may take place. The first is when there has been a termination of a parent’s parental rights and the remaining parent’s new spouse wishes to adopt the child. Another situation which arises is when the rights of the original parent have not been terminated but he or she consents to the adoption. Such situations, fortunately, can be a relatively straightforward process.
The first step in such a case is to file a Petition for Adoption with the Court. If all formalities are properly followed then the Court will hold a one-time hearing to ensure that the parties are in agreement and that the children (assuming they are of sufficient age to form an intelligent opinion) do not object. After the hearing has been held then the Judge will sign an Order finalizing the adoption. The parents may then notify schools and other governmental agencies that the process has been completed.
Our Orange County family law attorneys assist with the handling of stepparent adoptions. We will use your initial consultation to ensure that you are eligible for the process and will take steps to move your case along as quickly as possible. We will ensure that your documents are timely filed, that all formalities are followed, and will ensure that you are prepared for the Court hearing. We understand that you wish to start your new life as quickly as possible. It is our goal to help you in doing so.
Our attorneys service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Orange County attorneys assisting with adoptions following a parental rights termination
As mentioned above, it is common for an adoption to occur after an agreed upon parental rights termination. If you are in a situation where one parent is agreeing to terminate their rights, and you wish for your new spouse to adopt the children, then we are able to assist you with both ends of the process. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.