When a biological parent marries and the new spouse would like to adopt the child from a previous relationship.
In Washington State, a stepparent adoption allows the non-biological parent to form a parent/child relationship between the child and the stepparent and allows the stepparent to be legally recognized as the child's parent. If the stepparent is not legally recognized as the child's parent then he/she would not be able to assert rights if the biological parent become incapacitated.
My spouse wants to adopt my child and the other biological parent is in agreement with the stepparent adoption.
My spouse wants to adopt my child but the other biological parent is not in agreement with the stepparent adoption.
There is no father listed on my child's birth certificate. Do I still need to have his Consent to the Stepparent Adoption?
The other biological parent has not seen the child for several years and has not paid child support during that same time period, can their rights be automatically terminated?