Stepparent Adoption

Murrieta Stepparent Adoption Attorney

Bringing Families Together

Opening your home and heart to a child is one of the most profound and selfless things you can do, especially when you are that child's stepparent. At Hanson, Gorian, Bradford & Hanich, our Murrieta and Temecula family lawyers are passionate about helping families make adoption a reality. Although adoption can be an exciting time in your life, it still entails serious and significant legal proceedings. For this reason, it is crucial to work with experienced attorneys who can guide you step by step through the adoption process.

Understanding Stepparent Adoption

Families are unique, and as such, so is adoption. Generally, adoption is the process of creating a legal parent-child relationship when the adopting parent is not a biological parent. Once an adoption is finalized, parents will have all of the same legal rights and responsibilities of biological parents and will be considered – by law and in many cases emotionally – the same as a birth family.

Stepparent adoption has several requirements in California. These requirements are as follows:

  • The one adopting the child must be the spouse or domestic partner of the child's parent
  • The couple must be legally married or in a legal domestic partnership

This type of adoption is less complicated than other forms of adoption because one of the parents is already the child's biological parent. The biological parent must first consent to the adoption, and both parents must fill out the required forms. Our legal team has helped many stepparents achieve their adoption goals and can guide you every step of the way.

Learn How a Family Lawyer in Murrieta Can Help

The legal requirements and procedures involved in the adoption process can make it appear overwhelming. With the assistance of a caring and highly capable legal team, however, you will have the support and representation needed to achieve your unique goals. Learn more about your adoption and how our firm can help by calling (951) 506-6654 for a free consultation.