As a growing number of families blend through marriage, step-parent adoption is becoming more common in the Minnesota. Adopting a step-child grants full parental rights to the adoptive parent, making it a serious legal move as well as an emotional event for many people. The attorneys at Robinson | Duffy, PLLC are committed to building families through adoption and are available to answer your questions about your adoption situation and help you move forward comfortably and confidently in your choice to adopt.
Most step-parent adoptions result from the remarriage of a divorced parent whose spouse adopts their child from their previous marriage. Other reasons for step-parent adoption can include financial situations, inheritance matters, or children born out of wedlock. Before an adult can adopt his or her stepchild, the biological mother’s or father’s parental rights need to be voluntarily relinquished or legally revoked. Revocation of parental rights may occur when there is proof of abuse, abandonment, or certain other criminal offenses. In many cases, however, the biological parent must be contacted and asked to relinquish these rights voluntarily.
Determining whether or not a parent still has parental rights with regard to his or her child can be a very complex legal area. At Robinson | Duffy, PLLC, our experienced attorneys advise you about what to do in your specific circumstances and will secure and process all the necessary legal documents for your adoption. We offer counsel, address your concerns, and assist in your efforts to unite your family through adoption.
Contact the Lawyers at Robinson | Duffy, PLLC Today
To speak with one of our qualified Minneapolis/St. Paul step-parent adoption attorneys, contact us by calling 952-525-2252 or send us an e-mail. We serve all of the metro counties including: Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Carver County, Anoka County, Scott County, Sherburne County, and beyond. Call us today. We will give you an honest assessment of what you can expect in your situation. We offer payment plans and other affordable options to get you the legal assistance you need.