Does your stepchild consider you a parent? Are you the one who helps with homework, talks to teachers, makes trips to the orthodontist, and claps at games and recitals? If something happened to your spouse, would you still want to be part of your stepchild's life? If you are considering stepparent adoption, we at McKay Law can help you through the process. Our firm supports blended families and strives to protect parent-child relationships through stepparent adoption. We would be happy to explain how Arizona law applies to your specific situation.
Why Is Stepparent Adoption Important? As a stepparent, you have limited legal rights. If your spouse became incapacitated, died, or you divorced, the court could award custody of your stepchild to anyone -- possibly a relative who has never been part of your child's life. You could be prevented from ever seeing your child again. Through stepparent adoption, your legal relationship with your child will become identical to that of birth parent and child.
Stepparents adopting a stepchild is one of the most common forms of adoption. Before you can proceed with adoption, the court will need to know that the birth parent is willing to waive his or her rights. In a case where it is clear the birth parent is unfit, the court may issue an order terminating parental rights. We will determine whether there are barriers to adoption and will help with necessary legal measures. It is our goal to protect families.
If you would like to discuss stepparent adoption, please call us for a confidential and no-cost consultation.