At Koenig│Dunne, we know that adopting a child can and should be a joyful experience. The complex legal process and potential legal challenges can jeopardize the outcome and put a strain on the parents hoping to adopt. We strive to provide families with the support they need to navigate this both difficult and delightful process.
To be eligible for a stepparent adoption, certain legal requirements must be met, including, but not limited to:
- The adopting and legal parent must be married.
- The adoptive parent must be a resident of Nebraska for at least one year prior to filing.
- The child’s other legal parent must relinquish his or her parental rights.
- The child’s other legal parent must consent to the adoption. If no other legal parent exists, your attorney will be able to advise you on the options to finalize the stepparent adoption.
- If the child is 12 years or older, the child must consent to the adoption.
When the adoption is completed, the child and family will have the following benefits:
- A new name for the child may be established (if desired).
- A new birth certificate may be obtained.
- The child will have two legal parents.
- The child will have the ability to inherit from adoptive parent.
Stepparent adoption is a permanent transfer of parental rights and responsibilities. Once a stepparent adoption is finalized, it cannot be revoked or nullified, except in very rare and serious situations. The adoption is not terminated if the parents’ subsequently divorce.
Contact our office to schedule a consultation to learn more about obtaining a stepparent adoption in Nebraska. Let our compassionate and experienced legal team support you through the process of legally establishing the recognition and rights of your family.