New Jersey Step-Parent Adoption
The modern New Jersey family includes a blend of biological parents, step-parents, and their children. As these blended families increase, so does the desire for legal security. Step-parents who suddenly find themselves caring for their spouse's child, may also come to realize that they have few legal rights. As such, a greater number of step-parents in New Jersey are deciding to pursue step-parent adoption.
Reasons to Choose New Jersey Step-Parent Adoption
While there are many reasons a step-parent would choose to adopt their spouse's child, one of the primary reasons is to protect their family and their legal rights. For example, if something were to happen to the parent-spouse, such as incapacitation or death, as a step-parent, you would not retain any legal rights to the child. In this situation, another family member may have greater legal rights to the child, causing unnecessary pain and stress on your family unit.
In order to prevent this type of situation from arising, the New Jersey adoption attorneys at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group can help you protect your legal rights and your future by solidifying a legal relationship with your step-child that is comparable to that of a birth parent and their child.
Requirements for an NJ Step-Parent Adoption
An NJ step-parent adoption generally does not require a home study, since the step-parent already lives with the child intended to be adopted; however, in order to complete the adoption process, the non-custodial, biological parent must relinquish his or her paternal rights. This means that the non-custodial parent no longer has any legal rights or responsibilities for the child, including child support. The New Jersey step-parent who adopts the child will thereafter be fully responsible for the child—both financially and legally.
When making decisions that affect you and your household, the NJ step-parent adoption attorneys at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group stand ready to provide you with the legal guidance you will need. During this transition time, you will need a seasoned NJ step-parent adoption attorney who understands the issues and obstacles that New Jersey step-parents can face when going through the adoption process.
For legal representation you can trust and rely upon for your NJ adoption matters contact the New Jersey family lawyers at Weinberger Divorce & Family Law Group, LLC today for a consultation. With our help, you can begin the process of expanding your family through a New Jersey adoption.