In Arizona, stepparent adoption is not exactly the same as relative adoption. The good news is that a Phoenix stepparent adoption is often easier than a non-relative adoption. Certain adoption requirements, such as a home study, may be waived, but the parental rights of the other birth parent still must be terminated. This can happen a few ways:
  • The other birth parent believes it is in the child's best interest and willingly gives consent to the Arizona stepparent adoption.
  • The other birth parent is no longer living.
  • The other birth parent has abandoned the child or otherwise failed to maintain a relationship, financial or emotional, with the child.
  • The parental rights have otherwise been terminated by court order.

Choosing to pursue a Tempe stepparent adoption can be an exciting time for you and your family. Talk to one of our friendly Phoenix family law attorneys about your circumstances and how we can help you during the Arizona adoption process. You can schedule a completely FREE consultation with us at 1-888-929-5292, and we also want you to have a FREE copy of our book, Arizona Family Law - How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.
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