Stepparent Adoption

Stepparent Adoption in Colorado

Denver Family Law Lawyer

The formal adoption of a child can be among the most caring and thoughtful things a parent can do. A stepparent adoption occurs when the non-custodial spouse of a child elects to adopt the child of the custodial spouse, their partner. Non-legal parents do not possess the full rights and privileges as their partners and a formal adoption often makes legal sense. Additionally, adoption can have a strong emotional impact on families, working to strengthen existing bonds.

In Colorado, as well as in many states in our nation, Stepparent adoption is among the most common forms of adoption. If you are considering formalizing your parent-child relationship, do not hesitate to contact the Moodie Law Firm. Our Denver family law lawyer has extensive experience working with families to help them reach their goals. The legal process can be surprisingly complex and an attorney who understands the importance of family can make a critical difference in your adoption.

Call (303) 578-3940 and speak with an attorney about your adoption in a free consultation.

All Parties Must Provide Consent

In Colorado, all parties must agree for a step-parent to be legally eligible for adoption. While many adoptions can go smoothly, if the biological parent raises a legal objection, the family may end up inside of a courtroom. Make no mistake, this is a formal legal process and a verbal arrangement may not be sufficient for a court to grant custody. When this does occur, or if the biological parent cannot be located, our Denver family law attorneys can help parents take legal action.

When a parent contests an adoption, a family can move to terminate their parental rights, in which case they would no longer require consent. The termination of consent can be accomplished if (1) the birth parent has not communicated with or provided a child with support for a period of time, or (2) they are not fit for parental responsibilities, or (3) the contesting party does not have a legitimate legal claim to parental rights. The need for their consent may also be voided if the child is over the age of 18. While adoption generally occurs when the child is a minor, it is not uncommon for families to seek adult-adoption.

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

After the finalization of an adoption, a parent will have the same legal rights, responsibilities, and privileges of a parent by birth. This means that as an adoptive parent, you will be able to make financial, medical, and educational decisions for and on behalf of your child. If you and your spouse are ready to pursue an adoption, the Moodie Law Firm can help. Our Denver family law attorney understands the legal complexities specific to step-parent adoptions and is honored to be able to help families in your situation. When you work with our law firm, you will receive the personalized care that your family deserves.

Contact the Moodie Law Firm today and learn about the legal options available to you.

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