Provo Stepparent Adoption Lawyers
With the rise of divorces in recent years, adoptions by stepparents have become increasingly commonplace. At Esplin | Weight, our Provo stepparent adoption attorneys can help parents and their children navigate this sometimes complicated process.
If you have remarried and wish to carry out a stepchild adoption, we can help. Contact our Utah family law lawyers online or call 801.373.4912 for an initial consultation.
Experienced Representation in All Aspects of Adoption
The attorneys at our Provo child custody law firm have extensive experience handling all of the legal aspects involved in adoption. We understand the timelines involved, the role of a child’s preference, name change requirements, birth certificate procedures and all other legal aspects of the adoption process. If there are no problems, it is possible to complete the entire procedure in as little as six weeks. We will thoroughly review your situation to let you know how the process is likely to carry out.
Understanding the Termination of Parental Rights
Stepparent adoptions require that the parental rights of the estranged biological parent be terminated. This can be done easily if the biological parent voluntarily waives his or rights. However, if the parent is unwilling to relinquish these rights, things can become more complex.
If a parent is unwilling to give up his or her rights, our Utah adoption lawyers will work tirelessly to show to the court why the parent’s rights should be terminated. Some of the reasons why a court might take this course of action include:
- The parent is in prison
- The parent is violent
- The parent is addicted to drugs
- The parent is not involved in the child’s life
It is important to note that when a parent’s rights are terminated, so is the obligation to pay child support. This should be kept in mind when pursuing an adoption. Regardless of whether the adoption is contested or uncontested, we will always work with the best interests of the child in our minds.
Call for a Consultation With a Utah County Parental Rights Attorney
We are dedicated to helping you get legal custody of your stepchildren. Contact our Provo stepparent adoption lawyers online or call 801.373.4912 for an initial consultation to discuss your case.