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When a child is adopted, the legal rights of the child’s biological parents are terminated and those rights are transferred to the adopting parents.
Often, a parent’s new spouse may wish to adopt his or her stepchildren. If the noncustodial biological parent agrees to the process and the adopting stepparent is deemed to be a fit parent by the county, there is generally no problem. When the biological parent disagrees with the adoption, the legal aspects become much more complex, and the advice of an experienced family law attorney is critical.
The Law Offices of Damian Nolan is here to assist you with all aspects of your adoption. We handle independent adoptions, stepparent adoptions, grandparent adoptions and more. In every case, you can count on our Long Beach adoption attorney to treat you with courtesy, respect and genuine attention. We strive to make the process as easy and cost-efficient as possible.
To begin the process of adopting your stepchild in California, you will need to fill out the forms linked below:
|Adoption Request||ADOPT-200||This paper tells the judge about you and the child you want to adopt.|
|Adoption Agreement||ADOPT-210||This paper tells the judge you agree to adopt the child. If the child is 12 years old or older, he or she must say if she or he agrees. Fill out this paper, but do not sign it until the judge says so.|
|Adoption Order||ADOPT-215||The judge signs this paper if your adoption is approved.|
Once the correct forms are completed, our law firm will submit them for you. We can also help you obtain other necessary documents, such as a statement from the child’s biological parent stating the he or she agrees to the adoption.
In cases where the natural parent does not agree to the adoption, you will have to file a lawsuit. These lawsuits can be complicated, but we will handle all the details for you. You can leave it in our hands, and we will competently represent your interests.
Nearly all the forms and instructions are available from the links listed below:
You may download adoption forms from the following links (these will open in a new window, and you will need Adobe’s free Reader program installed on your computer).
|Description||Information Sheet||Fillable PDF Form|
|How to Adopt a Child in California||ADOPT 50|
|Adoption of Indian Child||ADOPT-220|
|Parent of Indian Child Agrees to End Parental Rights||ADOPT-225|
|Contact After Adoption Agreement||ADOPT-310|
|Request to: Enforce, Change, End Contact After Adoption Agreement||ADOPT-315|
|Answer to Request to: Enforce, Change, End Contact After Adoption Agreement||ADOPT-320|
|Judge’s Order to: Enforce, Change, End Contact After Adoption Agreement||ADOPT-325|
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