Choosing an Portland Stepparent Adoption Lawyer
Portland Family Law Attorneys
One of the most common forms of
adoption in the United States is stepparent adoption. During stepparent adoption
proceedings, one parent agrees to terminate their parental rights so that
the other parent’s new spouse can adopt the child.
This can be a relatively straightforward process provided that the adoption
is not contested. If the parent does not give his or her consent to terminate
parental rights, the process can be more complex. The attorneys at McKinley
Irvin are experienced handling adoption cases of all types and prepared
to help our clients achieve a positive outcome.
The Process of Adoption in Oregon
The prospective adoptive parent must meet the following criteria:
- They must be an Oregon resident for six months or more
- They must receive approval by a social worker after a post-placement study
- They must receive final approval from the court
In Oregon, the adoption process includes the following elements:
Consent: In Oregon, the biological parent must give their consent to terminate parental
rights in order for a stepparent to adopt. This requirement is waived
in cases of abandonment, imprisonment, or mental deficiency.
Petition: The parties must submit the petition for adoption in order to commence
the adoption process with the Court. An attorney at McKinley Irvin can
assist with this important step.
Post-Placement Evaluation: A social worker appointed by the court will interview both parents and
ask questions about their employment situation, background, and more.
Confirmation of Consent: Proof that the biological parent was served with the request to terminate
parental responsibility must be furnished.
Finalization Hearing: At the initial court hearing, both parties appear in court together with
the child. They must make a case that the adoption serves the child’s
best interests. After reviewing the documents, the judge or court commissioner
will set a date to finalize the adoption. In Oregon, there is a 90-day
waiting period before the adoption can be finalized.
Documentation: The adoption certificate is issued at the final adoption hearing. All
that is left is to file for the amended birth certificate listing the
adoptive parent as the parent.
Premier Family Law Representation for Oregon Stepparent Adoptions
McKinley Irvin has served thousands of clients throughout Oregon and Washington
over the past two decades. Whether your case is a simple uncontested stepparent
adoption or a more complex contested adoption, our highly skilled team
can navigate you through the process from start to finish and help you
achieve your goals.
To speak with a Portland family lawyer at our firm about your case, please
call our office at (503) 395-0244 to schedule a consultation.