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Kalamazoo Stepparent Adoption Attorneys

Western Michigan Stepchild Adoption Lawyer

At the law firm of Peter A. D' Angelo, PLC, we handle adoptions for families in Portage, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and other communities throughout Western Michigan. Our clients are stepparents seeking to adopt their child because the biological parent is no longer in the picture. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Stepparent adoptions are unique in that the child is already living with the adoptive parent. The adoption simply brings legal standing to a parent-child relationship that already exists. The child receives the security that comes with having a parent. The adoptive parent receives all rights and responsibilities that a biological parent would possess.

Terminating the Rights of the Biological Parent

Adoption of a child by a stepparent is only appropriate if the biological parent is no longer in the picture. Before a stepparent may adopt the child, the rights of the biological parent must be fully and permanently terminated.

In most cases of stepparent adoptions, the biological parent is no longer involved in the child's life. If the biological parent does not willingly release his or her parental rights, our lawyers will guide you through the legal process of terminating parental rights in court.

Before the adoption can take place, there will also be other requirements you need to meet, such as a home investigation and background check. Every court handles these steps differently, and our lawyers will guide you through the process.

Free Stepparent Adoption Consultation

Call 269-488-0089 or send us an e-mail to schedule a free initial consultation with our Kalamazoo stepparent adoption lawyers. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

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