Laura Eckstein Law Can Guide You Through the Adoption Process
In the United States, one of the most common types of adoption is stepparent adoption. When one parent remarries, the new spouse often wishes to be legally recognized as the parent of the child from a previous marriage. When this is the best interest of the child, a stepparent adoption can be a positive, life-changing process for both the child and the stepparent.
Requirements for a Prospective Adoptive Parent in Oregon
Whether the stepparent adoption process is simple or complex typically hinges on whether the parent from the previous marriage is willing to give up his or her parental rights. If that parent is mentally deficient, in prison, or abandoned the child, this requirement is waived.
A prospective parent must meet the following requirements:
He or she must obtain final court approval
He or she must have resided in Oregon for a minimum of six months
He or she must get the approval of a social worker following a post-placement study
If the adoption is successful, the stepparent takes on all the legal rights and responsibilities of a biological parent.
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