Step-parent adoption is the act of adopting the non-biological children of one’s spouse.
Sometimes, when a divorced person remarries, or following the death of a spouse the surviving spouse decides to marry again, a step-parent wants to adopt the children from a prior marriage or relationship.
This is an easy and joyous process when it is an appropriate next step!
The attorneys at Transitions Legal can guide families through the step-parent adoption process from start to finish.
There are many reasons a step-parent may choose to become a legal parent of step-children. Perhaps they want to create a more cohesive family. They may want to assume legal and financial responsibility for the children.
And, in the sudden event of something tragic happening to the children’s biological parent, this step-parent will then be legally entitled to care for and raise the children.