Step-parent adoptions are one of the most common forms of adoption today. William J. Taylor, Attorney at Law, typically represents a step parent who wishes to adopt his or her spouse’s child who was born of a previous relationship. By legally adopting your stepchild, you send a powerful message of commitment to your blended family. Once you adopt your stepchild, you will have all of the same legal rights and responsibilities as a parent of biological child.
Most of the step-parent adoptions we do for families have one of the following circumstances:
- The absent natural parent is deceased.
- The absent parent has abandoned the child or children, by failing to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child(ren), and failing to provide financial support for the child(ren). In many situations, the absent parent’s whereabouts are unknown.
- The absent parent believes that the adoption is in the child’s best interest and agrees to sign consent to the adoption.
The Law Office of William J. Taylor works hard to ensure that the non-custodial parent’s legal rights to the child are terminated, either by consent, or through a court order, as quickly as possible.
In many counties, deciding where and how to file your adoption petition can be challenging. Mr. Taylor can explain which court you should file in, the costs you can expect. He will assist you through all of the necessary paperwork required, assist you in serving the absent parent with the petition, finalize your adoption in court, and help you obtain a new birth certificate for your child.
All this paperwork is particularly difficult with “do-it-yourself” legal forms, assuming you knew exactly which ones to fill out. Having an experienced attorney like Bill to guide you along the way is almost a requirement. Call him or a member of his staff, at (865) 694-6155 or e-mail us at