Step-parent adoptions are some of the most common adoptions in Oklahoma and elsewhere. These types of adoptions quite often are a little easier to navigate through than other child adoptions such as a foster child adoption or a child with “special needs” adoption. With that said, if you are considering this kind of adoption, you will be best served if you seek counsel from an experienced and accomplished Tulsa adoption attorney because there likely will be other parties involved in the process that could potentially be a roadblock in your quest to adopt. Below are some answers to the more commonly asked questions in regards step-parent adoptions by Fry & Elder adoption attorney Luke Barteaux.
What is the Biggest Obstacle in Completing a Step-Parent Adoption?
Arguably the most important reason you should consult with a Tulsa adoption attorney is because generally the biggest hurdle associated with a step-child adoption is having the other birth parent provide consent.
Why is Attaining Consent from the Other Birth Parent in a Step-Parent Adoption so Difficult?
It is not difficult in every situation, but what makes it often challenging is that by providing consent the other birth parent will effectively be terminating his or her parental rights. Naturally, some birth parents have an issue with this type of long-term transaction. One thing that may aid your cause is by bringing in a knowledgeable adoption attorney to discuss the options and the adoption process with the other birth parent and why an adoption might be the best outcome for all parties involved.
Can the Other Birth Parent Have His or Her Parental Rights Terminated if He or She Does Not Provide Consent?
Yes. If you are able to prove that the other parent is unfit or abandoned the child then a birth parent’s parental rights could come to an end, therefore eliminating the need for his or her consent for the adoption. Another way to do this would be to prove that when the other parent is male that the birth parent is not the biological father.
What are the Additional Benefits of a Step-Parent Adoption?
For starters, you will provide a sense of belonging and emotional security for the child, who will feel like they now have permanent place in the home. Adoption also reinforces a commitment and affection you have to the child and family as a whole.
Why You Should Consult with a Tulsa Adoption Attorney
Just the word adoption itself is one that can evoke a lot of emotions. While you might always have your child’s best interests in mind, it is good to get in-put and advice from a third party, like a trusted and experienced Tulsa adoption attorney. Luke Barteaux and the rest of the Fry & Elder team of attorneys always have their client’s best interests in mind and want them to receive the best possible outcome.
Why Experience the Fry & Elder Difference?
Whether you a considering a step-parent adoption or are in need of consultation in another family law service, don’t hesitate to contact Fry & Elder today. The firm is comprised of some of the most decorated attorneys in the state.
Robert G “Hap” Fry Jr. was selected as the Lawyer of the Year for Family Law in Tulsa for 2016 by Best Lawyers®. He also is one of only 19 Oklahoma attorneys to be a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Fellow Fry & Elder attorneys M. Shane Henry, Aaron D. Bundy and James R. Elder, along with Fry, each have acquired the high-regarded AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®.
Luke Barteaux been selected as a Super Lawyers® Rising Star, he recently graduated from the Oklahoma Bar Association Leadership Academy and focuses much of his practice on Oklahoma adoptions and guardianships. Lorena Rivas has established herself as an up and coming Tulsa immigration law attorney, while Katie Egans is licensed to practice in both Connecticut and New York in addition to Oklahoma.
Recently hired attorney Kristen Bernhard has made quite a name for herself throughout the years in high-conflict, high-resolution family law and criminal law cases, while Melissa Fell rounds out Fry & Elder’s talented team of attorneys.