In recent years, the number of blended families has increased, and so has the role of stepparents. In many cases, stepparents step up and provide the love, care and guidance that a biological parent can't or won't provide to a child. Unfortunately, your legal status might not allow you to take care of your new spouse's child in ways that "real parents" can.
A little celebrity gossip for the weekend: Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have been in the tabloid news quite a bit lately, and it's not due to their professional acting careers. It's their personal lives that are drawing interest. There's much speculation that the alleged couple could be looking at co-parenting Katie's daughter Suri, and may be seeking a permanent arrangement by having Jamie file to adopt Katie's daughter.
Sometimes an adoption can go very smoothly. Especially if a biological parent does not contest a termination of parental rights. However, there are situations in which a biological parent does not want to relinquish parental rights and the legal process is not as simple. This is one of the many reasons that having an attorney for the entire adoption process is so important. Your rights and your child's rights are protected and advocated by an experienced family law attorney.
Stepparent adoption is one of the legal processes that can bring a family together. This is an often joyous occasion as a stepparent has decided to legally take on the role of parent to his or her stepchild. However, there is still red tape that has to be crossed as California has certain requirements that must be met and approved through the family court system.