We Help Stepparents Become Part Of The Family

From births to adoptions, divorces to remarriages, there are a variety of ways in which a family may grow and evolve. In the case of remarriage, this could mean everything from simply taking care of a spouse's children from a previous marriage to becoming a full-fledged parental figure.

Whatever is the case, as a parent, you will need to take the appropriate legal steps in order to assert your parental rights and responsibilities down the road. For stepparents, the appropriate legal action is to request a stepparent adoption.

Helping Stepparents Navigate Adoption

When a stepparent wants to adopt and the other biological parent still has parental rights, those rights must be surrendered or terminated before the adoption can take place. This relieves the other parent of any responsibility for the child, including payment of child support.

Once the other parent's parental rights are terminated, the remaining parent and the stepparent may be granted an adoption by the court. At Joseph Brophy Cordell, Attorney at Law, we will walk you through the entire adoption process. Our staff strives to be accessible, returning phone calls and emails within a reasonable time so that you can be updated on the status of your case.

Adoption is a complex process that requires the guidance of an experienced lawyer. At our free initial consultations, we meet with clients who are considering adoption to discuss their concerns and how we can help them achieve their goals.

Contact Us For More Information

If you have questions about stepparent adoptions or would like to start the process, contact our Martinsburg law office to schedule a free initial consultation. Call 304-707-0673 or send us an email. We are licensed to practice in West Virginia and Maryland.