(Closed) Step Parent Adoption Process

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 3
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5109 posts
Bee Keeper

@baletrina:  No advice other than my friend’s stepdad adopted her in her sophomore year in high school – best thing ever. I am so happy for you guys! It is a great decision for your family. Congrats.

Post # 4
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1487 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@baletrina:  I haven’t been through the process as an adult, but as a child, I grew up with my stepdad (no contact with Bio Dad at ALL).

When I found out (at about 25 or so) that the man I consider my Dad had never adopted me, I admit my feelings were hurt.  He doesn’t treat me and my brother (his biological son) any differently, but he said adopting me was “a lot of paperwork.”

I would do it.  It will mean a ton to her later.

Post # 5
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6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’d do it while you know where he is.  It will really mean so much to her as she gets older.  What a sweet guy, your Darling Husband is for doing this. 

Post # 6
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1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

commenting becasue I’m interested in the process as well

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Idk if it varies from state to state, but a family member of mine recently did this.  In our state you have to have him sign away his parental rights (unless you can prove abandonment), and be married to your new spouse for at least 6 months.  Again, idk if every state varies.  My cousins was just finalized in December and she is so happy she did it!

Post # 9
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5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@baletrina:  We’re looking to start this process as well! DS’s bio bad sees him 1x a year ONLY because DS misses his brothers so much that I call and take him. He hasn’t paid child support but 1 year and that was only becuase his & his wife’s tax return was intercepted.

We will have to have him sign his rights over first and then it should be an easy process.

Have you considered consulting with an attorney on the matter? My mom told me that “they’ll do free consults and attorneys love to talk so you should find out alot” lol

Goodluck! And congrats!

Post # 10
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337 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@baletrina:  It was written in my cousins judgement that he was no longer responsible for child support or insurance.  However, his arrearages will go on to his credit report as unpaid since he never paid them.  He owed a ridiculous amount.

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Quietserenity:  I’m on the fence as well to have my Fiance adopt my (our) son. I just didn’t want to have to go through the paperwork/courts if possible. But I honestly never thought of what he would feel if he wasn’t adopted later down the road. Thanks for mentioning that.  Really opened my eyes to a different view.

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