Stepparent Adoption Lawyers

Stepparent Adoption in California

Does your stepchild consider you a parent? Are you the one who helps with homework, talks to the doctor, and claps at games and recitals? If something happened to your spouse, would you still want to be part of your stepchild?s life? It is critical to understand this simple fact: as a stepparent, you have no legal rights to custody of your stepchildren in California without a legal adoption.

If you want permanent physical child custody by adopting your stepchildren due to your spouse?s incapacity or any other reason, you will need the assistance of an experienced lawyer to get the results you and your family need. Kaspar & Lugay, LLP, supports blended families and strives to protect parent-child relationships through stepparent adoption.

Call 415-789-5881 or contact us online to schedule a consultation about the facts of your case.

Why Is Stepparent Adoption Important?

If your spouse became incapacitated, died, or you divorced, the court may award custody of your stepchild to a relative or even a parent who has never been part of your child?s life. You could be prevented from ever seeing your stepchild again. Through stepparent adoption, your legal relationship with your child will align with your day-to-day reality: a normal parent-child relationship.

Here?s what you should know about stepparent adoptions:

  • Stepparents adopting a stepchild is one of the most common forms of adoption.
  • Stepparent adoption means the stepparent is fully responsible for the child.
  • The non-custodial parent no longer has any legal rights for the child after the adoption.

Navigating Birth Parent Rights as an Adopting Step-Parent

Before you can proceed with adoption, the court will need to know that the birth parent is willing to waive his or her rights. In a case where it is clear the birth parent is unfit, the court may issue an order terminating parental rights. We will determine whether there are barriers to adoption and will help with necessary legal measures. It is our goal to protect families.

Call 415-789-5881 or contact us online to schedule a consultation to discuss the appropriate first steps in your case. If your spouse, the parent, has already become incapacitated, time is of the essence!

Meet Your Attorneys

Marin Law Office

Corte Madera, CA

Our headquarters is in Corte Madera, CA


770 Tamalpais Drive, Suite 200
Corte Madera, CA 94925

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Napa Law Office

Napa, CA

Visit our Napa County office


1606 Main Street, Suite 207
Napa, CA 94559

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Walnut Creek Law Office

Walnut Creek, CA

Visit our Contra Costa County office


1990 N California Blvd., 8th Floor
Walnut Creek, CA 94596

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Santa Barbara Law Office

Santa Barbara, CA

Our Santa Barbara office serves the entire Central Coast

805-719- 7841

827 State Street, Suite 1
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

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