Stepparent Adoptions

Stepparent Adoptions is available when an existing parent and their new spouse want to legally adopt a stepchild.  An agreement can be made between the biological parents and the stepparent to accomplish a Stepparent Adoption.  The Court can also issue an order for a Stepparent Adoption.  The Court must first make a decision to terminate the parental relationship before it decides if the Stepparent Adoption is appropriate.

Stepparent Adoption can be a sensitive issue and should not be entered into lightly.  The Court will consider the level of involvement of the biological parent in the child’s life by reviewing the current status of Child Custody and Visitation and if a parent is providing Child Support.  The Court appoints a social worker to investigate each case.  The Law Offices of Jeremy Martin has extensive experience in Stepparent Adoption and can advise you how to proceed.