There are many circumstances in which adoption by the spouse of the custodial parent is in the best interest of the children. Unfortunately some non-custodial parents fail to maintain contact or meaningful relationships with the children, or fail to provide child support for a substantial period of time. Often the stepparent assumes the parental role emotionally, socially and financially.
The simplest way to accomplish a stepparent adoption is with the consent and agreement of the non-custodial parent. If the non-custodial parent cannot be found or is unwilling to agree to the stepparent adoption, the adoption can be accomplished by showing the non-custodial parent's failure to pay child support or have meaningful contact with the children for a period of one year or more, or by showing misconduct by the non-custodial parent which is harmful to the children, such as molestation.
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From our office in Lawrenceville, our lawyers represent clients in communities throughout Gwinnett County and Walton County, Georgia. Call us toll free at 866-464-2980 or contact us by email to arrange a free consultation with one of our experienced Lawrenceville adoption attorneys today.