Step & Second Parent

Step Parent Adoptions

When the legal or biological parent of a child marries or re-marries, the parent’s spouse may adopt his or her child without terminating the rights of the consenting spouse.

A Step-Parent Adoption may be accomplished where the child’s other biological parent, (who is not petitioning for the adoption) either consents to the adoption or where the court concludes that the other biological parent has no legally recognized parental relationship with the child.


Second Parent Adoption

A Second Parent Adoption is a legal procedure which allows someone to adopt the child of his or her “intimate partner” (who is not their spouse) without terminating the rights of the consenting parent. A Second Parent Adoption may be necessary because one partner is the biological parent of the child, one partner previously adopted the child or was previously declared to be a legal parent pursuant to a surrogacy agreement. For whatever reason, Second Parent Adoptions secure the parental relationship of each parent to the child.



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