Gardner Steparent Adoptions Attorney
Deciding to adopt your stepchild can open wonderful possibilities for your family. At Stockton & Stern, in Gardner and Leawood we understand how important it is to successfully complete your adoption. With nearly 10 years of Kansas family law experience, we will help you understand the stepparent adoption requirements and handle the legal issues on your behalf.
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As a stepparent, you are likely already providing financial support for your stepchildren. Adoption can allow you to enjoy the other rights that come with being a parent.
The process to adopt stepchildren can be fairly complex or simple depending on the biological parent's feelings about the adoption. Over the past decade, we have represented many stepparents in both kinds of adoption proceedings:
- Consensual stepparent adoptions - When everyone involved agrees to the adoption, one court proceeding will take place. We will be by your side every step of the way and prepare you for the court's questions. A family law judge will grant a decree of adoption and we will prepare the necessary documents so that your adoption can be recorded with the state.
- Disputed stepparent adoptions - If the child's biological parent refuses to consent to the adoption, we will help you decide if you should work to terminate his or her parental rights. When termination of parental rights is involved, we will help you consider all of your legal options and make decisions with your family's best interests in mind.
We will take the time to understand your family's needs and help you make informed decisions about the future. Our attorney knows how important your adoption is to your family, and we will do everything we can to help you successfully accomplish your goals.
Eastern Kansas families have trusted us with some of the most important legal issues they will ever face for nearly 10 years. If you want to adopt your stepchild, we can help.
Call 913-856-2828 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with an experienced family lawyer. We are available to meet with you during regular business hours at our Gardner and Leawood office.