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step parent adoption

Discussion in 'Adoption' started by tdgraham88, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. tdgraham88

    tdgraham88 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My daughters biological parent is $28,000 behind in child support and hasn't seen his daughter in 6 years. He has agreed to let my husband adopt her. What steps need to take place?

    Do we need to do a home study? Background check , ect
     
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    Adoption is a very time consuming, privacy invasive, and EXPENSIVE process.
    You need to start by discussing your desires with an attorney.
    Don't even attempt to try an adoption as a DIY project.
    You should also discuss the situation with a family or marriage counselor.
     
  3. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    As stated above this will be a long process and yes background checks and home study will have a role in this. It will also take some cash as well. If your using back support as a tool to entice Bio Dad to agree that wont work if any of those arrears are owed State. http://www.parentnook.com/step-parent-adoptions/
     
  4. KatDini

    KatDini Well-Known Member

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    Some states will not allow CS arrears to be waived when an step-parent adoption is in the works. Smacks of 'selling' children.
     
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  5. Betty3

    Betty3 Super Moderator

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    Generally courts will not waive the arrears if any is owed to the state. If it isn't owed to the state, then generally the parent & sometimes even the step parent have to agree in writing to waiving the arrears for courts to allow it. A lawyer should be consulted re law in state involved.
     

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