Opening your heart and your home to a child is one of the best gifts anyone can give. Though joining a family with children can be challenging, it is also an extremely rewarding way to provide both financial and emotional stability to a child's life. Since 2005, our Honolulu stepparent adoption attorney has successfully helped countless families in a variety of adoption matters. At Sturdivant & Associates, LLLC, we are well-versed in Hawaii adoption statutes and can help you through every obstacle you may face. Let us help guide you through this complex process and advocate for your right to become a parent.
- Why Choose Our Stepparent Adoption Lawyer?
- Handling Complex Family Cases for Over 16 Years
- Custody Evaluator and Guardian ad Litem Experience
- We Practice Family Law Exclusively
- Client-Recommended & Compassionate Counsel
To get started, contact our firm at (808) 201-3898 for a free case evaluation.
Qualifications for Becoming an Adoptive Parent
As a client of our firm, you can trust that we are here to represent you with honesty and integrity. The adoption process can be tedious and challenging, and we want you to know this right off the bat. There will be many guidelines and processes that you will need to follow, but rest assured that we will be with you every step of the way.
The courts require that both parents provide consent for stepparent adoptions. In the case of the father, he must sign written consent affirming that the child was conceived while he and the child's mother were married, the child is his via a previous adoption, or a court proceeding has previously established his paternity. If the child is 12 years or older, they must also sign a written consent.
The courts may decide to approve an adoption without the consent of the noncustodial parent under several circumstances, including:
- The child has been deserted by the parent, and the parent gave no means of identification or contact. In this case, an effort must be made to notify and seek consent from this parent
- The parent has been declared by the court to be incapacitated, and the restoration of capacity is medically unlikely
- The individual's parental rights have been terminated by court order
At Sturdivant & Associates, LLLC, we are passionate about helping families during the most challenging times of their lives. We always strive to have a well-rounded understanding of every case that comes to us so we can approach the problem fully and ensure the most favorable outcome possible. We would be honored to provide you with our dedicated legal services.
Contact our firm today at (808) 201-3898 to schedule a free initial consultation!