Stepparent adoption has become the most common form of adoption in the United States. New families are formed every day, and many stepparents seek to create a legal relationship with their stepchildren through adoption. To adopt a stepchild, the stepparent must get the consent of the biological parents to adopt. While getting the spouse’s consent is rarely a problem, the other biological parent might not always consent. In those cases, it is possible to have that parent’s rights terminated in cases of abandonment or imprisonment.
To learn more about the stepparent adoptions in Oklahoma, please contact The Bethany Law Center at 405-787-6911
Grandparents must go through the same adoption process as anyone else. In the event of an adoption, the parent-child relationship will be terminated, and the grandparents will be named the child’s legal parents. In addition to adoption, there are a few other options that will allow grandparents to take over the care of a child:
- Legal Guardianship – Sometimes situations arise when grandparents are in a better position to care for a child but do not desire to terminate the parent-child relationship. In this scenario, grandparents will seek a guardianship and allow for the biological parents to have visitation.
- Power of Attorney– Grandparents can seek or agree to have legal authority to make decisions pertaining to the child’s well-being, education, health, etc. This is done by way of a power of attorney over the child.
- Visitation Rights – In Oklahoma, grandparents can seek visitation rights under certain situations.
To learn more about the grandparent adoptions in Oklahoma, please contact The Bethany Law Center at 405-787-6911