There are certain instances in the state of Georgia where a spouse of a child’s biological parent, otherwise known as the stepparent, seeks to adopt that child. Adoption is initiated in this case when the child’s other biological parent is no longer living, given that the remaining biological parent consents to the adoption. On the other hand, if both biological parents are living, a stepparent may still adopt a stepchild. However, this usually occurs when biological parents were not married and the other parent surrenders their parental rights in writing. Depending on the circumstances, the biological parent may or may not be willing to do this. Thus, the court will determine if the adoption is in the best interests of the child.
Subsequently, Georgia law designates a special section of family law for grandparents, or any relative by blood or marriage, seeking to adopt. Yet, any living parent or guardian must consent to the adoption in writing. It’s important to understand that in stepparent and grandparent adoptions, a child 14 years of age or older must provide a written consent to his/her adoption to be presented in court.
Augusta attorney Fred M. Kennedy, P.C., understands the complexities associated with stepparent and grandparent adoptions in Georgia. Yet, he also realizes that stepparents and grandparents are an essential part of a child’s life, and they often support them in ways greater than a biological parent. If you are a stepparent or grandparent in Evans or Richmond County and are hoping to adopt, contact the law firm of Fred M. Kennedy today to schedule a free consultation.
Contact Attorney Fred M. Kennedy, P.C., for Caring Representation For Your Adoption
With a long-standing commitment to clients throughout the region, attorney Fred M. Kennedy, P.C. is well equipped to guide stepparents and grandparents through the adoption process. While requirements are different for each case, attorney Fred Kennedy is the caring representative you need to make your experience easier and worthwhile in the end.
To speak to Mr. Kennedy regarding your unique situation, contact his Augusta law firm today.