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March 12, 2013

Can I adopt my Spouse’s Children?

By Lance Owen | Posted in Adoption | No comments

The biggest issue in the adoption of a stepchild is whether or not the biological parent is willing to surrender his or her parental rights.   The surrender is an unconditional, permanent termination of the biological parent’s rights.

The law imposes a number of procedural hurdles to ensure that the surrendering parent understands the consequences of what he or she is doing.   The surrendering parent has the right to withdraw the surrender if the parent does so in writing within 10 days of executing the surrender.