When Your Step-Child Depends On You, You Can Depend On Us

The decision to become emotionally, financially and legally responsible for a child is a significant decision. An experienced attorney can look out for your rights during what can become a very complex legal process. At McCoy Fatula, APC, we have extensive experience assisting grandparents, stepparents and others who seek to adopt children or become legal guardians.

Act Before It Is Too Late

Understand, in the court's eyes, you are not the legal parent of the stepchild. That means, if something happens to your spouse, you have no rights to your stepchild. This is true even if you have been more involved than the other biological parent. If something were to happen to your spouse, the court will look to the other biological parent to take over custody. This can have a devastating impact on you and your stepchild, alike.

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. It is critical to act now before such a tragic event strikes.

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

Remember, if you are the stepparent and something happens 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.

Do not let this happen to a child you love and have cared for. Begin the process now and avoid future contentious litigation.

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 or consent. 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.

We Are Proud To Help Unite Families

Our family law team looks forward to helping you expand your family through adoption. While it is difficult and complex work, few things in life are as rewarding as helping a child be cared for. That is why we pledge to work tirelessly on behalf of clients seeking a stepparent adoption. Contact us today to arrange a consultation with our Roseville, California, adoption attorneys by calling 916-945-2780 or 800-728-2184.