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Stepparent Adoption In Maryland

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Stepparent adoption is the process of formalizing a relationship that you probably already have with your spouse’s son or daughter. But it gives you the same parental rights as you’d have if you were the biological parent. As a stepparent, you can make an important decision and be fully present in your stepson’s or stepdaughter’s life.

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Adoption in Maryland takes place within the family law system. As lawyers with long experience representing individuals and families, we are prepared to handle every task in the stepparent adoption process, from the free initial consultation to the day we get the call from the judge.

The Biggest Problem In Stepparent Adoption

When you remarry, your new spouse often has kids from a prior marriage. That is why stepparent adoptions are the most common type of adoption. They are usually uncontested and relatively uncomplicated. As we wrote above, you are formalizing the relationship you have built with your spouse’s kids since you began dating.

But there can be one big problem. You need consent from the other biological arent.

Since the consent of the other biological parent is generally required for the stepparent adoption to happen, that parent will be giving up their parental rights. This is a difficult thing to do.

Occasionally, stepparent adoption involves actively terminating the parental rights of the other parent, which complicates the process.

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