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What Is Stepparent Adoption?

Stepparent adoption is also often referred to as second-parent adoption and is the most common form of adoption.

When a stepparent adopts their spouse’s child, he or she becomes a legal parent who is fully responsible for the child.

Once the stepparent adoption is finalized, the other parent who does not live with the child (the non-custodial parent) relinquishes their rights and responsibilities for the child, including child support.

Details About Adopting a Stepchild

You can initiate a stepparent adoption by filing a petition to adopt your spouse or domestic partner’s child in the county where you live.

California state law requires a stepparent investigation. This is a written report that you must submit to the court, consisting of birth parent declarations as well as declarations of your own.

The declarations layout, in detail, the situation regarding the child’s conception, allowing anyone else who has parental responsibility to the child to receive notification and provide consent to the adoption.

Any of the following parties may be assigned to conduct the investigation:

  • Probation officer
  • Qualified court investigator
  • County welfare department

The person who files the petition may also choose to have the investigation conducted by a:

  • Licensed clinical social worker
  • Licensed marriage and family therapist
  • A private licensed adoption agency

We Can Help With Your Family Goals

Our team has helped many families just like yours achieve their goals. We know how important it is for your family to have legal matters resolved smoothly and efficiently, and we do everything we can to provide our clients with the best possible service at every turn. Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office right away with any questions you may have.

If you need help with your California adoption, contact our team at Law Offices of Kearney Baker right away by calling (626) 382-7391 or by filling out our online contact form.