The Guidance You Need In California Stepparent Adoption
Have you married a spouse with children from a previous marriage? Has your bond with those children grown and strengthened over time to the point where you think of them as more your own children than your stepchildren? If the other biological parent is not in the picture, you may be able to adopt them as your own!
While many people enjoy the strength of those bonds, few realize that while they may feel like a complete family the law will not necessarily recognize those relationships without the creation of the legal status of a parent. Accepting the rights and responsibilities of a parent in a stepparent adoption will give you the peace of mind of knowing that no one has a greater claim to your family than you do. As a Certified Family Law Specialist* and the founder of Cal Family Solutions in Sacramento, I can help.
If You Think Of Them As Your Children, Make It Official
A first step toward a stepparent adoption is the termination of the parental rights of the noncustodial biological parent. In California, the courts take the termination of parental rights seriously and will be reluctant to do so unless there is a stepparent adoption ready to take place. The termination can be voluntarily given by the parent releasing their rights or may also occur if the court finds that the noncustodial parent meets the requirements under Family Code 7822-7827 for one or more of the following:
- Neglect or cruelty
- Disability due to alcohol or controlled substances, or moral depravity
- Convicted of a felony with consideration of the prior criminal record
- Declared developmentally disabled or mentally ill
- Mentally disabled
Once the parental rights of the noncustodial parent have been terminated, your stepparent adoption can proceed. I can also answer questions relating to child support, paternity, visitation and California divorce.
Take The Next Steps To Secure Your Family’s Future
Take the final step and legally become your stepchildren’s parent. Apart from preventing the removal of your stepchildren should a tragedy befall your spouse, you will be acknowledging the depth of the bond that you share with those children.
Contact Me To See If You Qualify To Take The Next Step
I am family law attorney Carsen Tazi. I accept major credit cards for my clients’ convenience. Call 916-287-3237 or contact me online to learn more about how I can help you. Located in Sacramento, I serve the needs of stepparents throughout the greater Sacramento area.
*Certified Family Law Specialist by the State Bar of California