Stepparent adoption in California among the most common form of adoption in the United States and create stability for children. Our highly experienced staff is dedicated to helping facilitate the adoption of step-children. Step parent adoption in California, typically resulting from a marriage between people with children, The adoption is by a stepparent who assumes financial and legal responsibility for his/her spouse’s child(ren), and the non-custodial parent is released from all parenting responsibilities. These types of adoptions are generally simpler than other types of step parent adoption and usually problem free. The adoption varies from state to state. We guarantee that your documents on step parent adoption in California will be accurate and that all courts will accept it for filing as meeting or exceeding their standards, or you get 100% of your money back.
When the stepparent adoption in California is finalized by the Court, your adopted child will receive a new birth certificate, showing the new parent listed on the birth certificate, and also showing the childs new name.
Before you file a Petition for step parent adoption in California you must be able to establish that you have been a resident of the state for six months prior to the date that you file. This information must be included in your filing, and proof of residency, such as a drivers license, must be presented and proved at the final hearing
Grounds for the termination of parental rights.
The most common grounds for termination of parental rights in a stepparent adoption in California involve: Natural parent is deceased. Abandoned the child or children, Failure to provide any support the child whether financial or emotional support for six months prior to filing date of this petition with the courts. Imprisonment, Abuse and a few other grounds. Each states set of grounds is different and we at Dependable Adoption have the highly experienced staff that will help you through the process. The natural father will have no rights if one or more of the above requirements have been met.
CALIFORNIA COURT ADDRESSES.
Our documents are for the entire STATE OF CALIFORNIA.
You must file the adoption documents in the Superior Court in the county that you are residing in. Court addresses for counties are below:
Los Angeles County: 11701 S La Cienega Los Angeles CA 90045
San Diego County: 1555 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA. 92101
South County: 500 3rd Avenue, Chula Vista CA 91910,
Kern County: Metropolitan Division, Justice Building 1215 Truxtun Avenue, First Floor Bakersfield, CA 93301
San Francisco County: 400 McAllister Street – Fourth Floor San Francisco, CA 94102-
Sacramento County: William R. Ridgeway Family Relations Courthouse, 3341 Power Inn Road Sacramento, CA 95826
Riverside County Superior Court, Riverside Hall of Justice: 4100 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
San Bernardino County: 8303 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Fresno County Superior Court: 1100 Van Ness Avenue, Fresno, CA 93724-0002
Stanislaus County Superior Court, Modesto: 800 11th Street, Modesto, CA 95354
Santa Cruz County Superior Court, Main Courthouse: 701 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Santa Clara County Superior Court, Family Court: 170 Park Center Plaza, San Jose CA 95113
San Mateo County Superior Court, Northern Branch: 1050 Mission Road, South San Francisco, CA 94080
San Mateo County Superior Court, Southern Branch: Hall of Justice and Records: 400 County Center, Redwood City, California, 94063
COURT FILING FEE
The court filing fees for a adoption in California is approximately $20
SERVING THE ABSENT PARENT.
Many stepparent adoptions, the absent parent is willing to sign a consent form to termination their parental rights and consents to the adoption. This will be a little easier because the court will know right from the start that all parties agree to the stepparent adoption. Too Many of our customers don’t know where the other parent is, or the other parent just won’t sign any documents for whatever there selfish reason may be. In this situation, you will file the adoption documents and then serve the absent parent by one of the following options:
1.Whereabouts of the other parent is UNKNOWN:
If you don’t know and can’t find the absent parent, we will provide you with the proper document to then serve the parent by publication. This is a notice that is published in a local newspaper once a week for 4 weeks. The publication fee for the newspaper is about $65 depending on where you live. Upon the filing of the Document the clerk will direct that service of notice be done by publication in a newspaper in the county in which you filed the adoption.
2. The parent won’t sign, but the grounds do exist for the adoption:
If you know where the other parent is, but he/she won’t sign for whatever the reason, you can have that parent served by a private process server or the local Sheriff’s department. Even if the non-signing parent is in any type of prison.