This is the first post in my series on handling step-parent adoptions in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is not uncommon for parents in blended families to decide that a step-parent should adopt his or her spouse’s child or children from a previous marriage. This can be an exciting time for everyone involved, however, there are several important legal issues to consider before moving forward. The goal of this series is to educate families on the process and to encourage those involved to retain experienced counsel to assist with their case. If you or a loved one is considering the adoption process, contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
This series will discuss several key topics, including:
- The rights of all parties involved in a step-parent adoption
- The process for a step-parent adoption when the birth parent consents
- The process for a step-parent adoption when the birth parent opposes the adoption
This is an important subject for many Las Vegas families. First, it is essential to understand an adoption will impact the rights and obligations of the birth parents and the adoptive parent. A birth parent consenting to an adoption will no longer have any parental rights or obligations to the child when the process is complete. The step-parent will be taking on those responsibilities in his place, including support obligations if a divorce should happen in the future. Second, the adoption process requires the termination of the non-custodial parent’s rights. If the parent consents, the case will proceed differently than if he opposes the termination. Understanding the different options will be essential for the families involved.
In all step-parent adoption cases, it is essential to engage an attorney with experience in family law. Deciding to adopt a child will have long-term consequences. My practice is dedicated to family law matters and I can help you understand your options. If you need assistance, call my office today to speak with a Las Vegas family lawyer.