Helping You Finalize Your Stepparent Adoption
Stepparent adoptions are becoming more common in Indiana as more blended families come together. Stepparent adoption is a great way to solidify your new family unit while making a statement that you consider a child your own. However, the adoption process is far from simple.
At Longstreet Law LLC in South Bend, I assist families through the stepparent adoption process, from filing the petition to finalizing the adoption. With over a decade of experience working with families in Indiana, you can trust me to help you take the next steps toward completing your family.
Experienced Adoption Guidance In Contested And Uncontested Cases
In Indiana, the stepparent seeking adoption must file a petition with their spouse’s consent. The stepparent must also officially inform the other birth parent of the intended adoption and wait for written consent. If the birth parent withholds consent, you must attend a hearing where the court will determine if the consent is necessary and what will be in the child’s best interest.
Whether your adoption is uncontested or contested, it can quickly become overwhelming, especially when your family’s future is on the line. I will be there for you through every step of the adoption process, providing the guidance you need to streamline the process and successfully finalize the adoption. From drafting the adoption paperwork, filing it with the court, notifying the birth parent and representing you in a hearing, you can trust me to put my decades of experience to work for you.
I also have experience assisting LGBTQ families with various family law concerns, including adoptions and stepparent adoptions. I understand that you may face unique challenges and circumstances in your case. I am ready to help you succeed in your adoption plans.
Let’s Discuss Your Adoption Plans
Legally solidifying a relationship between a stepparent and a child can be a meaningful and joyous process. However, if the other birth parent contests the adoption, it can quickly become stressful and difficult. Whether your adoption is uncontested or requires a hearing, I will be there to support you. To schedule a free consultation, call me at 574-208-5982 or fill out my online contact form to get in touch.