Helping Your New Spouse Obtain Legal Rights to Your Children
Many people who remarry want their new spouses to have legal rights and responsibilities for their children. One of the ways to achieve this is through adoption. If you are a parent who would like to grant your new spouse parental rights through adoption, you need the help of a Lakeville lawyer who handles stepparent adoptions.
At Dwire Law Offices, P.A., we have more than 22 years of experience in family law. We have handled the majority of issues in this area of law and understand the intricacies that the court requires from petitioners for any issue. We can help you understand the legalities and the responsibilities your new spouse would be taking on and what you would be asking of your former spouse, if he or she is still involved in your children’s lives.
Dakota County Attorney Handling Adoptions
In order for your new spouse to take responsibility for your child, your former spouse or the child’s other parent must willingly surrender his or her rights to the child. Unless your former spouse or the child’s other parent has been found unfit to parent, you cannot force this person to give up his or her rights to your child. The courts are more inclined to maintain the original parent-child relationship, especially if it is in the best interests of the child.
Your new spouse must also be a viable candidate for parenthood in the eyes of the court and willing to make the lifetime commitment that parenthood requires. This is also true if you are a widow or widower and your new spouse wants to adopt your children.
We will help you determine if any obstacles stand in the way of your stepparent adoption and if so, how we can overcome them. Our goal is for your family to live happily in its new legal form.