San Jose Stepparent Adoption Attorney
Adopting Your Spouse’s Children Benefits Them, You and the Whole Family
Being a stepparent presents many challenges as you work to mold your blended family into a cohesive unit. Adopting your stepchildren is an important legal step toward solidifying your parental rights, and it can also strengthen the emotional bonds between the family members.
When you are considering adopting your stepchildren, you should talk with an experienced San Jose stepparent adoption attorney. Foster Hsu, LLP, can help you understand what happens when you adopt stepchildren and what you need to do to accomplish your goal of adoption.
Learn more about stepparent adoption in California by calling 408-841-7200.
What Does Stepparent Adoption Accomplish for the Family?
Adopting your spouse’s kids from a previous relationship can have practical and emotional benefits for the family. You’ll strengthen the family unit and the bonds between you and your children, giving them your name as well as legal recognition as your kids. Children are entitled to financial support from their adoptive parents, even after a divorce. Your children will have the right to health insurance through your employer, as well as the right to inherit from you. They’ll also be beneficiaries of government benefits you may receive, such as veterans’ benefits or Social Security.
What if the Child’s Biological Father Objects to the Adoption?
Even if you are married the children’s parent, the other biological parent still retains his or her parental rights. In order to adopt the children, the other biological parent would need to either voluntarily relinquish his or her parental rights, or the Court will need to terminate those rights. Once parental rights have been relinquished or terminated, the other biological parent no longer has any rights to custody or visitation with the children or an obligation to provide financial support.
If the other biological parent objects to the termination of his or her parental rights, a hearing must take place for the Court to determine whether or not termination of parental rights is in the children’s best interest. If you are considering stepparent adoption, contact our office to discuss the next steps and how to build a case and move forward with the adoption.
Thinking about Stepparent Adoption in San Jose? We Can Help.
Adopting your stepchildren can be an important step that is meaningful to you, your spouse and your stepchildren. We can help you start the process. Call 408-841-7200 or contact us online to make an appointment with a San Jose stepparent adoption attorney.