Are you interested in legally adopting your stepchild? Do you wish for your spouse to adopt your child, and need legal assistance regarding your rights and the legal processes and requirements?
Amber Billick handles step parent adoptions in Cabarrus County. Our office is happy to discuss your specific situation and help you decide if a step parent adoption is right for you and your family.
Many legal challenges can arise during a stepparent adoption:
In order to adopt a stepson or stepdaughter, the parental rights of the birth parent must be terminated. In many cases, the absent parent will waive those rights and our role is to make sure the paperwork is in order so that our client can become the legal parent and guardian.
If the birth parent objects, we will guide you through proceedings for termination of parental rights. We will prepare evidence that the parent is unable to care for the child because of personal problems (substance abuse, prison, mental illness) or a threat to the well-being and best interests of the child (neglect, child abuse, criminal activity). We also prepare you and your family for dealing with this unpleasant but necessary process.