Stepchild Adoption in Louisville

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Adopting a stepchild can be a rewarding but complex process. In Kentucky, you can adopt your stepchild if you have lived in the state for at least one year and have permission from both biological parents. If the child is over the age of 14, their consent is also required.

When Consent is Not Required

You may be able to proceed without permission from a biological parent if:

  • The parent is ruled to be unfit.
  • There has been child neglect or abandonment for 12 months or more.
  • The parent is incarcerated.

Factors Courts Consider

When acting in the child’s best interest, courts can consider:

  • The child’s relationship with each parent and the stepparent.
  • The physical, mental, and emotional health of those involved.
  • The care and nurture provided by those involved.
  • Each parent’s wishes regarding the adoption.
  • Any allegations of domestic abuse or substance abuse issues.
  • How the adoption will affect the child’s living arrangements and schooling.

Should You Adopt Your Stepchild?

Adopting a stepchild is a lifelong commitment. It’s essential to understand and reflect on this significant decision, as it will permanently terminate the parental rights of the noncustodial parent.

Contact Our Experienced Louisville Adoption Attorney

If you or your spouse is considering adoption, speak with an experienced attorney. A professional can advise you on how to best move forward in your case and help you navigate the adoption process with greater ease and peace of mind.

An adoption attorney can help parents:

  • Handle legal paperwork from filing to receiving parental consent.
  • Navigate cases where the other parent does not give consent.
  • Prepare for court by explaining court etiquette and what to expect.

Contact Michener Mullins & Arrington today to schedule your consultation. Let’s work together to provide a loving, stable home for your stepchild.