Debra Finch represents stepparents seeking to adopt their stepchild(ren) in both contested and uncontested adoptions.
A stepparent adoption is often recognition of what already is — a parental bond between the stepparent and stepchild. It provides lasting security and stability for the child. A stepparent adoption prevents removal of the child from the stepparent in the event the child’s legal custodial parent dies or becomes incapacitated. A stepchild’s adoption by his or her stepparent creates a legal parental relationship between the child and stepparent, insuring security for the child and often peace of mind to the custodial parent.
Stepparent adoption may be appropriate when:
- the non-custodial biological parent agrees to voluntarily relinquish his parental rights to the stepparent
- the non-custodial biological parent is deceased or incapacitated
- the non-custodial biological parent has failed to significantly communicate with the child in a loving and parental manner
- the non-custodial biological parent has failed to support the child as required by law
- the non-custodial biological parent is unable to form and maintain a relationship with the child due to that parent’s mental incapacity, abuse, drug addiction, absence, and/or abandonment
- Under Georgia law, there are several factors a Court considers in determining whether a stepparent adoption is in the child’s best interests. If you are considering adopting your stepchild or would like for your spouse to adopt your child, contact Debra Finch who can answer your questions and help you complete your stepparent adoption.
To learn more about stepparent adoption, please contact Debra Finch