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Step Parent Adoption in Seattle, WA

If a child is living without contact with one of his or her parents, but with the authority of a stepparent in that person's place, it is often advisable for the stepparent to take legal control of the child. If you are ready to take that step for your family, you will need to go through a lot of legal wrangling, which will likely require the expertise of a skilled Seattle family attorney.

Most biological parents who have stopped providing contact with their child are happy to give up rights to the child, as it means they will no longer have to pay child support. In some situations though, the parent cannot be found or will wish to contest the surrender of their parenting rights. In these cases, your Seattle family lawyer can help demonstrate to the court that the parent has not exercised any of his or her parental rights and has no emotional connection with the child. We will work to ensure your forceful termination of the other parent's rights to the child go as smoothly and quickly as possible.

Once the other parent's rights have been terminated, whether voluntarily or involuntarily, you will then need to work on completing the legal adoption process. Your Seattle family attorney can help you make this step as simple as possible so you can work on strengthening the bonds within your family unit.

If you have any questions or are ready to begin working on completing a step-parent adoption, please call our offices today and speak with a Seattle family lawyer that can help you and your family.