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Adoptions For Colorado Families
As relationships change, families often grow. Your new spouse may wish to adopt your child, or, depending on the situation, adoption by another family member or a second adult may be in your child’s best interests. The attorneys at Litvak Litvak Mehrtens and Carlton, P.C., can assist you with stepparent, kinship and second parent adoptions. And, if you are considering relinquishing your parental rights so your child may be adopted by a stepparent, our attorneys can represent your interests throughout the process.
Adoption And Biological Parents
In order for a stepparent adoption to be completed, the “absent” natural parent can either voluntarily surrender his or her parental rights, or a court can terminate that parent’s rights. Many uninvolved parents are willing to relinquish their parental rights and obligations in order to facilitate a stepparent adoption. Upon doing so, they will be relieved of the responsibilities of parenthood, such as providing child support and medical insurance, and they will lose any rights to be involved in the upbringing of the child. Often the financial burden of child support and arrears is so significant that an uninvolved parent welcomes a stepparent adoption. If the other parent is willing to relinquish his or her rights to the child, your Denver adoption lawyer can assist you in preparing and filing the pleadings, and necessary paperwork for the stepparent adoption.
Our Family Law Attorneys Can Assist With A Contested Adoption
Should the other parent contest the adoption and refuse to sign away his or her parental rights, a stepparent adoption may still be accomplished through a judge involuntarily terminating the uninvolved parent’s parental rights. Your lawyer can be instrumental in showing the court that the other parent has failed to pay child support and/or has not maintained contact or a proper relationship with the child. Your lawyer can also assist you in a stepparent adoption in situations where paternity has not been established.
The adopting parent must be at least 21 years of age, pass background checks and live in the state of Colorado. Further, if your child is at least 12 years old, he or she must also consent to the adoption. When the adoption is approved, the child will be issued a new birth certificate identifying the adopting parent as his or her parent.