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One of the greatest gifts stepparents can give to their children is the gift of adoption.
However, a stepparent adoption can be both a joyous occasion and one that involves significant family conflict. At Faulhaber Family Law, LLC, we provide our clients with thorough, compassionate and skilled representation. Whether you need to ensure an accurate and timely application that complies with Georgia law, or whether there may be a conflict over the adoption proceedings, we will be by your side to help you reach your goal and provide a loving environment for your child.
When Can A Stepparent Adopt?
Stepparents can only adopt when the other biological parent surrenders all of his or her rights to parenting the child. If the biological parent is willing, he or she must surrender parental rights completely and in accordance with Georgia law.
In some cases, a stepparent can adopt without the surrender of parental rights by the other parent. This can occur when:
- The parent abandoned the child (abandonment can include when a parent has failed to provide child support)
- The biological parent can’t be found, despite a diligent search
- The biological parent is incapacitated
- The biological parent has failed to provide care
At Faulhaber Family Law, LLC, we can clearly explain the options for you in regard to adopting a stepchild and whether one of the situations above may allow you to adopt. We are compassionate advocates and firm believers in making families whole through adoption.
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