In this world of no-fault divorces, multiple marriages and stepparents in abundance, what a gift you can give your “step” child or children by asking them “Can I adopt you?” These 4 words will let your stepchildren know that they are more than just baggage. They’ll know you really care.
A petition to adopt will be filed at the local courthouse in the county where you reside, together with a consent form from your spouse. If the non-custodial parent agrees to the adoption, the entire adoption process should take less than 30 days. You should be aware, however, that if the adoption is approved, the non-custodial parent will no longer be required to pay child support.
If the non-custodial parent has no contact with the children and hasn’t been paying child support, the decision to adopt is a wonderful gift that you can give to your spouse and his or her children from the prior marriage.
There is a filing fee paid at the time of filing the Petition for Adoption. If the matter is not contested by the non-custodial parent, our office should be able to complete the entire adoption process for you for approximately $1,000.00.
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