Support and Guidance in Adoption
Do You Want to Adopt a Child or Stepchild?
Adopting a child can be a complex process. Many stepparents or family members of a child seek to adopt the child. Even in the relative or stepparent adoption circumstances, it is important to have the assistance of an experienced adoption lawyer. At the law firm of James E. Bruce, Jr., Attorney at Law, we have experience in effectively and efficiently guiding adoptive parents through the process.
Our adoption representation is available to people in Hopkinsville and the surrounding parts of Kentucky, including military personnel at Fort Campbell Army Base.
Fort Campbell Stepparent Adoption Attorney
We have substantial experience with stepparent-stepchild adoptions. Stepparents frequently seek to adopt his or her stepchild in order to obtain parental rights and to strengthen the family bond. The inheritance rights of the child are included in the overall rights. Stepparents often seek parental rights in order to help protect the child in receiving the full benefit of the family legacy. While legal rights may be important, the bond between parent and child through legal acknowledgment is often a primary motivating force in choosing to adopt a stepchild.
Termination Of Parental Rights
Before a stepparent can adopt a stepchild, the parental rights of the no-longer involved biological parent must be terminated. Often, the biological parent is completely out of the child’s life. A natural parent may voluntarily agree to the termination of parental rights. In other cases, the biological parent may object to the termination of rights, and the matter may need to go to court before a stepparent can adopt the stepchild. Backed with more than 30 years of experience in these matters, we know the steps to take to get you through the process.