At McCoy Fatula, we understand you do not take your decision to become emotionally, financially and legally responsible for a child lightly. You understand that this is the best decision for him or her, and you are the right person to take on this responsibility.

You also understand that you need an experienced attorney to look out for your rights during what can become a very complex legal process. That's where we come in. We have extensive experience assisting grandparents, stepparents and others who seek to adopt children or become legal guardians.

Reasons For Adoption

Unfortunately, the reasons for stepparent adoptions and grandparent adoptions are often tragic, such as the death of a parent, the incarceration of a parent or a parent who is unwilling to be involved in a child's life.

Fortunately, adoption provides the opportunity for someone to step in and nurture a child, creating a positive situation. Our attorneys welcome the opportunity to facilitate this process for you.

Remember, if you are the stepparent (even if you raised your child for years and the biological parent is barely involved), should something happen to your spouse, your child will likely be removed and sent to live with the biological parent – even if the child barely knows him or her. Act before it is too late!

Termination Of Parental Rights

Is another parent still in the picture? This is an important question, because the answer could throw a significant wrench into your adoption plans.

If a parent has not had contact with a child for more than one year, we can help you have his or her rights terminated swiftly without his or her involvement. If this is the case, it is important that you do not contact him or her, even via social media. It can reset the clock and make the situation much more complicated. Remember, the one-year rule is not the only factor, but it is very important.

Let Us Help You Help Them

Our family law team looks forward to helping you expand your family through adoption. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with our Roseville, California, adoption attorneys.