Guiding You Through The Stepparent Adoption Process
Regardless of whether the issue is custody, visitation or adoption, the court will always act in what it believes to be the best interests of a child. In the case of stepparent adoption, the court will evaluate the relationship a child has with his or her biological, noncustodial parent, the quality of life in the adoptive home, the financial situation of the adoptive stepparent, and a number of other factors.
A guardian ad litem will be appointed to make recommendations to the court as to the best interest of the child. At the law office of Zuba & Associates, P.C., our lawyers assist clients in stepparent adoptions, preparing all necessary paperwork for review by the court and selecting the appropriate guardian ad litem.
We have the experience and resources needed to help our stepparents avoid unnecessary delays and complications when adopting a stepchild. To schedule an appointment to learn how we can help you, contact stepparent adoption attorneys at Zuba & Associates, P.C. today.
Remarrying – Custody Issues And Adoption
Couples remarrying and interested in starting a new family need to be mindful of the rights of biological, non-custodial parents. Biological parents can challenge adoptions and still assert visitation rights. Additionally, there are financial and legal rights that impact dependency status for tax and healthcare purposes, as well as inheritance rights in estate planning and Social Security issues.
In stepparent adoptions, it may be necessary to terminate the parental rights of a biological, non-custodial parent. For instance, the biological parent may have abandoned the child or may be unfit warranting a termination of parental rights. Since the court will base its decision on what it believes to be in the best interest of the child, it will evaluate a host of factors, including the financial, personal, employment and emotional state of the noncustodial biological parent.
When necessary, our attorneys work with investigators, psychologists, health care professionals and other experts in providing compelling reasons why the parental rights of a biological, noncustodial parent should be terminated.
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For more information about the adoption of stepchildren after remarrying, contact family law attorneys at Zuba & Associates, P.C. today. We can help answer your questions and prepare you and your new family for life after adoption, explaining the legal and financial responsibilities that accompany your parental and custodial rights.