Round Lake, IL asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana

Q: What is the process of stepparent adoption when bio parent agrees?

Ex has agreed to relinquish parental rights and allow stepparent to adopt kids (under age of 18 but over age of 12). What is the steps/procedure for stepparent to adopt? Does stepparent and bio parent (who are adopting the kids) need background check or just stepparent? What other paperwork is needed? How quick is the process (within 1-2 month or longer)?

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Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: You need to hire an adoption attorney to draft Petition, Acknowledged Act & Judgment get background check, CPS approval, and file with Vital Records. If not done correctly, adoption is invalid.

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