Las Vegas Stepparent Adoption Attorney
Helping Clients Obtain Parental Rights Over Stepchildren
If you have taken on an active parenting role with your stepchild, you may want to consider obtaining all of the legal rights and responsibilities of a parent through adoption. Stepparent adoption is very common when one parent is no longer a part of a child's life.
We are attorneys Donn Prokopius and Jeremy Beasley. Based in Las Vegas, we have helped stepparents throughout Southern Nevada complete the adoption process. If you are looking to strengthen your legal rights and responsibilities toward your stepchild, we can guide you through the system.
Understanding the Stepparent Adoption Process
The adoption process is more straightforward for stepparents who are already living with and caring for their stepchildren than for other adoptive parents, because the costly and time-consuming process of a child welfare investigation will generally be waived.
However, if the child's other natural parent is still living, his or her parental rights will need to be terminated, either by consent or through a court order.
Judges in Nevada take the termination of parental rights very seriously. Generally, the family court will only approve a termination if the parent in question has had no contact with the child and provided no child support payment for a substantial period of time.
An experienced lawyer can play a positive role in preparing your case and demonstrating to the court that adoption is in the best interests of your stepchild. To discuss what we can do to assist you with a stepparent adoption, we encourage you to contact our firm today.