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Growing Your Family With Stepchild Adoption

Many people use the terms “bonus child” or “bonus parent” in reference to the joy of expanding one’s family through remarriage and adoption. Indeed, stepparent adoptions are often joyous occasions. However, the path to adoption is not always smooth. At The Bice Law Group, we help clients anticipate, avoid, and overcome challenges that may arise during the adoption process.

In stepparent adoption, the birth parent or legal guardian may consent, but consent is not required, as opposed to agency adoption or private placement adoption. If the birth parent objects to the adoption, there may be a court hearing and home study. The process is unfamiliar and intimidating to many families, but our attorneys have been through this process before. We will take the time to ensure you fully understand your rights and options no matter what the process brings.

Turn To Respected Leaders In Virginia Family Law

Our attorneys are skilled negotiators and litigators who have maintained a narrow focus in family law for years. Partner David Bice has presented seminars on adoption for other attorneys in Virginia, educating the community and maintaining a deep knowledge of the laws that impact families.

Adopting a stepchild may have an impact on existing child support or custody orders, guardianship, or conservatorship. Our adoption services are comprehensive, so our attorneys can advise you about any other issues that may need to be resolved.

Compassionate Counsel For Family Matters

There are no one-size-fits-all solutions in family law and the decision to adopt a stepchild is deeply personal. If you are considering adoption, we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation to talk about your options with an experienced adoption attorney in a supportive, private environment. We can help you determine how best to create the family you envision for yourself and your children.

Please call 434-509-0232 or send us an email and we will be in touch promptly.