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.

Oregon Stepparent Adoptions

McKinley Irvin has served thousands of clients throughout Oregon and Washington over almost three 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 law attorney about your case, please call our office at (503) 395-0244 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.

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