How To Formally Adopt Your Stepchild
When you have a stepchild who feels like your own, it is exciting to think about making the relationship “official” through adoption. While this is generally a happy time, it can also be complicated and confusing. Many steps must be taken, and it is imperative that you follow the guidelines to ensure a legally binding adoption.
At Aldridge & Birdwhistell Law Firm, PSC, we have the experience to guide you throughout the process. You can trust us to take care of the most significant part of your life — your family. We have offices conveniently located in both Elizabethtown and Louisville.
Helping Remarried Parents Unify Their Family
While it may seem unnecessary to formally adopt your stepchild when you know the love and care you provide does not change regardless of formalities, there are still reasons to move forward. Formally adopting your stepchild can provide many benefits to the child, including:
- Sound financial footing, both now and when making arrangements for the future
- The creation of an official family unit
- A sense of security and stability
Stepparent Adoption: Making It Official
It is also critical to remember that in Kentucky, measures must be taken in regard to the other birth parent, whether this parent is in or out of the child’s life. Our experienced family law attorney will make sure you follow all required steps, including:
- Using due diligence to find/notify the other birth parent, if necessary
- Securing authorization from the other birth parent
- Terminating the other birth parent’s rights, if required
We’ll be here to answer all of your questions, make certain that you meet all the requirements and celebrate with you once it is complete.
Start The Process Today
Call us at our office or email us to schedule a free initial consultation with our adoption lawyer. We look forward to helping you and your family.