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Lee Ciccarelli is the founder and managing partner of Ciccarelli Law Offices with over two decades experience as a practicing attorney.
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If you marry a person who has a biological or adopted child, you do not automatically become that child’s legal parent. In order to gain this status, you will need to complete the adoption process for stepparents in Pennsylvania.
While this process may involve less legal hurdles than other types of adoption, the stepparent who is marrying one of the child’s parents will still need to gain the consent of the child’s other biological parent. In some cases, terminating the other person’s parental rights can prove to be difficult.
If are a stepparent who needs legal assistance in successfully completing a legal adoption, you will want to work with an experienced Pennsylvania family law attorney. Ciccarelli Law Offices helps clients all over Chester County, including West Goshen, Downingtown, West Chester, Kennett Square, Coatesville, Phoenixville, West Caln, and Easttown.
We will assist your family throughout the adoption process and help you become the legal parent of your stepchild. Call our firm today at (877) 529-2422 to schedule a free consultation that will let us review your case.
In Pennsylvania adoption cases, consent is generally required from the following parties:
One of the primary challenges of stepparents looking to become legal parents to the children of their spouses is getting the other biological parents to give up their parental rights. A few of the ways this may be accomplished if a stepparent is unable to secure voluntary termination of the rights:
In the past, same-sex couples were not eligible to be legally considered a child’s stepparent because Pennsylvania law limited the definition of marriage to being between one man and one woman. As a result, same-sex couples were often forced to rely on second-parent adoption to gain legal parental rights.
However, the legislation that banned the recognition of same-sex marriages was ruled unconstitutional in 2014. As a result, same-sex marriage is now legal in Pennsylvania and these couples are also eligible for the adoptive rights of a legal stepparent. The second-parent adoption process can still be utilized by unmarried heterosexual or same-sex couples.
Any adoption process in Pennsylvania can involve its own unique set of complications, but a knowledgeable family law attorney can help reduce the stress you and your partner have to face. Ciccarelli Law Offices helps stepparents in Chester County, Philadelphia County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Lancaster County gain their legal adoptive rights.
Our firm will work tirelessly to help you complete your family. Call the Ciccarelli Law Offices and we will provide a free consultation to review your case when you call (877) 529-2422.