Helping Stepparents With Adoptions In Arkansas
Families change. In this modern world, they are more complex than ever. One thing, however, holds true: The love of parents for their children. At Robertson, Oswalt & Associates, we honor this love by representing parents throughout Arkansas in legal matters related to stepparent adoption.
Contested And Uncontested Stepparent Adoptions
Most of the stepparent adoptions handled by our Arkansas law firm are uncontested. Usually, the other biological parent has been totally absent for a long time, or is a sperm donor who does not intend to be a parent, and a new stepparent has assumed a meaningful role in the life of the child.
However, some stepparent adoptions are contested. In a contested adoption, the stakes can be high. The adoption effectively terminates the biological parent’s parental rights and makes all other relatives on that side of the family “legal strangers.”
At Robertson, Oswalt & Associates, we handle both contested and uncontested stepparent adoptions and other matters involving legal custody as well as physical child custody as part of our full-service family law practice. We understand that each case is unique, so we tailor our approach to meet your specific needs.
Since June 2017, Arkansas law allows married LGBT couples to have both parents’ names on their children’s birth certificates. You may also be able to amend your child’s birth certificate.
Stepparent Adoption Proceedings
When a stepparent petitions the court for a stepparent adoption, the other biological parent must be served and have notice of the adoption petition having been filed and the ultimate hearing. The biological parent may contest the adoption, but there are instances where the court will not require the biological parent’s consent such as in the instance of alleged abandonment, which Arkansas law defines as a lack of significant contact or support for one year or longer. The best way to understand what the court may require in your situation is to talk with one of our Little Rock stepparent adoption lawyers about your situation.
Contact A Perceptive Benton Family Law Attorney
Contact Robertson, Oswalt & Associates online or by calling 501-588-4451 or 866-311-3815 to schedule a consultation about stepparent adoption. Dedicated to providing cost-effective legal representation, our lawyers accept Visa and Mastercard. Payment plans are available.