Adoption doesn't always have to mean you and your spouse are making the decision to take in a child who is not biologically related to you. Whether domestic or international, adoption comes in many forms, including situations in which a married individual may want to become more of a parental figure to their stepchildren.
Much like other forms of adoption, stepparent adoption requires considerable knowledge of the legal system and what is expected of all parties involved. There is a lot of consider as well and even more legal paperwork that needs to be filed in accordance with the law before it is considered legitimate. All of these steps may be well beyond the knowledge of the average person, which is where a skilled family law attorney comes into play.
From the transfer of parental rights, to filing legal paperwork on time, to addressing an objection to the adoption, an experienced family law attorney in Maryland has the wisdom to handle every aspect of a stepparent adoption, making the process as streamline as possible for all parties involved. As we said, doing this on your own might not be a possibility, which is why hiring a lawyer may be necessary.
At the Law Offices of Dwight W. Clark, L.L.C., we have the experience needed to tackle all types of adoption, including stepparent adoption. We know what paperwork needs to be filed and the timeframe in which this needs to be done. We can guide parents through what is often described as an incredibly complex process, leaving them feeling in control and less stressed about their family's future in the end.