The relationship between a stepparent and their stepchild frequently develops into a relationship that is just as meaningful and loving as a relationship between biological parents and their children. By adopting your stepchild(ren), you will gain the same parental rights as a biological parent.
Of course, there are a lot of sensitive issues that accompany stepparent adoption. Our attorneys are experienced with handling issues of this nature and can help guide you through the process.
When seeking an adoption as a stepparent, you will need to notify the child’s other biological (noncustodial) parent. Usually, both biological parents are required to consent to that adoption. When the noncustodial biological parent consents, that parent relinquishes all parental rights and responsibilities.
In addition, Georgia law requires that the stepparent seeking adoption is married to the custodial parent of the child. A domestic partnership is not sufficient for the purpose of adoption of your partner’s child.