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Step-parent adoption is an enjoyable part of our family law practice. Here are a few of the key concepts:

  • Termination of Parental Rights: Biological parent executes paperwork to terminate rights to child. Two week cooling off period applies.
  • Petition: Remaining parent, and spouse, file Petition for Adoption with the Court with all relevant paperwork.
  • Background Information: Some counties require a limited amount of background information gathered concerning the step-parent, including a criminal history.
  • Hearing: Once the background check is complete, the parties appear before a judge, with the child, and provide testimony concerning the adoption petition. If acceptable to the court, the adoption is finalized.

We’re here to help if you have step-parent adoption questions. Call (763) 783-5146 for a consultation.