If you are interested in
adopting a step child, consider this step by step overview guide to make sure you have a general
idea of what will be required.
Step by Step: Step Parent Adoption
Consult an Adoption Attorney
Your adoption attorney will be able to discuss the adoption laws with you
and how they apply to step parent adoptions.
Step Two: Consent to Adoption
Before any adoption can take place, consent must be given. Generally speaking,
both birth parents must give their consent for the adoption to occur.
With step parent adoptions, objections on the part of the non-custodial
parent may prevent the adoption from happening. Discuss this issue in
detail with your adoption attorney to find out if there are any special
provisions that would allow the adoption to take place even with objections.
Step Three: Consent of the Child
If the child being adopted is old enough to understand it’s usually
best to discuss the potential adoption with the child. Nearly all states
require that a child give consent to adopt once they pass a certain age.
Step Four: Submit Legal Forms
Your adoption attorney handles this step. They will prepare the necessary
legal forms and submit them as necessary.
Step Five: Wait for Your Court Date
You will receive a notification of a court date either by letter or through
your attorney that you must attend.
Step Six: Your Hearing – Finalize the Adoption
At your hearing, the judge will obtain info from the parties involved in
the adoption. Your attorney will prepare you for the hearing. The judge
will set a date for the finalization of the adoption at the hearing. At
the hearing the adoption is finalized when the adoption certificates are issued.
Apply for an Amended Birth Certificate
Once the adoption is finalized, apply for an amended birth certificate
at which point you can complete name changes and update parent info, etc.
If you need additional assistance completing a step parent adoption,
contact Arizona Family Law Attorneys.