Step-parent adoptions are 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. A step parent adoption, 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 adoption and usually problem free. Stepparent adoption law varies from state to state. We guarantee that your stepparent adoption documents 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 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 Adoption in your state you must be able to establish that you have been a resident of the state for 6 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 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. In the process of your stepparent adoption, you will want to make every effort possible to get the consent of the other parent. We at Dependable Adoption know at times it is impossible to get the other parents’ consent, either because their whereabouts are unknown, or because they have such a disinterest in the child that the withhold consent without good cause. The absent parent has failed to support the child for 6 months as required by law or court order, and the court is of the option that the adoption in or the best interest of the child. The other parent is sent notice of the pending hearing and petition incompliance with the requirements of sections 63.2-1202 and 63.2-1241 of the Virginia Code, and in the best interest of the child, the fathers consent is withheld or is otherwise unobtainable, the petitioners can request the court to accept the consent of the other natural parent and enter a Final Order of Adoption without the other parents consent. In most adoptions, abandonment is used as grounds for the termination of the parental rights.
VIRGINIA COURT ADDRESSES.
Our documents are for the entire STATE of VIRGINIA
You must file the adoption documents in the Superior Court in the county that you are residing in. Some court addresses for counties are below;
Henrico County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court: 4201 East Parham Road, 27032, Richmond, VA 23273
Goochland County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 2938 River Rd. West, Goochland, VA 23063
Hanover County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court: 7515 Library Dr., 2nd Flr., Hanover, VA 23069
Chesterfield County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court: 7000 Lucy Corr Boulevard, Chesterfield, VA 23832
Powhatan County District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Combined Courts: 3880-D Old Buckingham Road, Courthouse, Powhatan, VA 23139
City of Norfolk County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 800 East City Hall Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510
City of Newport News Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 2501 Huntington Avenue, Newport News, VA 23607
City of Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 307 Albemarle Drive, 2nd Floor, Chesapeake, VA 23322-5579
City of Virginia Beach Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court: 2425 Nimmo Pkwy., Judicial Center, Bldg 10A, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
City of Hampton Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 220 North King Street, P. O. Box 69104, Hampton, VA 23669-9404
Fairfax County Juvenile & Family Relations District Court: 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax, VA 22030
City of Alexandria Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 520 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22320
City of Lynchburg Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 901 Church St., 1st Floor, Lynchburg, VA 24504
Rockbridge County District and Juvenile & Domestic Relations Combined Courts: 150 South Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450
Roanoke County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: Roanoke County Courthouse, 305 E. Main St., Salem, VA 24153
City of Waynesboro Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: P.O. Box 1028, 237 Market Avenue, Waynesboro, VA 22980
Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court: 9311 Lee Avenue, Manassas, VA 20110-5555
COURT FILING FEE
There is court filing fees for an adoption in Virginia is $ 87
the publication fee is approximately $85.
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 $85 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.
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