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Adoption - Top 5 Questions
You’ll hear these terms (open and closed adoptions) in private or agency-assisted adoptions. An open adoption is where the adoptive parents and birth parents know details about each other and remain in contact after the adoption. A closed adoption is where there is no-contact, and little known details between the adoptive parents and the birth parents.
The main reason for adult adoptions is that they were unable to adopt their stepchild when they were children. Stepparent adoption requires the consent of the birth father, and for various reasons, sometimes consent can’t be obtained.
Other reasons for someone to adopt an adult is to pass on inheritance rights.
Birth father’s rights in adoptions are very complicated. In general, the law separates them by categories: biological, alleged, and presumed. Birth father’s rights depend on which category they fall.
In order to adopt your stepchild, you will need to obtain the consent of the birth father. If he cannot be located, you must prove you took reasonable steps to locate him. Reasonable steps would include: mailing a notice to his last known address, searching DMV lists. Sometimes you may need to notify him by publication. Our offices can assist with this. Please schedule a consult.