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Phoenix Stepparent Adoption Attorney

When most people think of adoptions, they picture a couple adopting a child from his or her birth mother. However, stepparent adoptions are actually believed to be the most common form of adoption in the United States.

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Stepparent Adoptions 

Stepparent adoptions commonly occur when one biological parent is no longer around, and the parent with custody gets remarried. The stepparent may play a large role in the child’s life and desire to “make it official” by adopting the child. Once the stepparent adopts the child, the child is considered the child of the stepparent, and therefore the child has the same legal rights a biological child would have, such as inheritance rights, and parental support.

The first step in a Stepparent Adoption is the termination of the legal rights of the biological parent.  A parent’s legal rights can be terminated fairly easily if the parent agrees.

Termination of Parental Rights

If the parent does not agree, the court can choose to terminate parental rights if legal grounds exist, such as abandonment or abuse and the termination is deemed to be in the best interest of the children.  Once parental rights are terminated, the stepparent may file for the Stepparent Adoption.

Phoenix Family Law Firm

Our firm has the experience and expertise to guide your family through this often difficult process. When you retain us, you can be certain that we will take time to learn more about your family, your unique circumstances and ensure that both the termination and the adoption proceedings are done in the most efficient manner possible.

Cohen Family Law services clients through the Phoenix, Arizona area including Mesa, Glendale, Surprise, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Tempe. 



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