How To Formally Adopt Your Stepchild

When you have a stepchild who feels like your own, it is an exciting prospect to make the relationship "official" through adoption. Though you know the love you have won't change, it is still important to you to have the relationship solidified through the proper channels.

While this is generally a happy time, it can also be complicated and confusing. Many steps must be taken, and it's imperative that you follow the guidelines to ensure a legally binding adoption. At Aldridge & Aldridge Law Firm in Elizabethtown, our attorneys have the experience you need to guide you throughout the process. You can trust us to take care of the most significant part of your life — your family.

Helping Remarried Parents Unify Their Family

Though in some aspects it may seem unnecessary to formally adopt your stepchild when you know the love and care you provide doesn't change regardless of formalities, there are still reasons to move forward. Formally adopting your stepchild can provide many benefits to the child, including:

  • Sound financial footing, both now and when making arrangements for the future
  • The creation of an official family unit
  • A sense of security and stability

Making It Official

It's also critical to remember that in Kentucky, measures must be taken in regard to the other birth parent, whether this parent is in or out of the child's life. Our family lawyers will make sure you follow all required steps.

We can help:

  • Follow due diligence in finding and notifying the other birth parent if necessary
  • Secure authorization from the other birth parent
  • Terminate the other birth parent's rights if required

Experienced Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

When you are ready to make your family official, we are here to help support you through this exciting time. We'll be here to answer all of your questions, make certain that you meet all the requirements and celebrate with you once it's complete.

Call us today at 502-855-7600 or email us to schedule a free initial consultation. We look forward to helping you and your family.