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What does it take to adopt a step-child?

In many cases, individuals who marry someone with children from a previous relationship choose to adopt those children as their own. If you wish to adopt your spouse’s children, there are a few requirements that must be met before you will be able to begin. First, you must have an established relationship with the child, including caring and providing for them. Next, you must reach an agreement with the primary biological parent without custody to give up their custodial rights. Finally, if you wish to adopt the child or children of your spouse, you must be willing to be legally obligated to provide care and financial support to the child.

If you are thinking about adopting a stepchild, you may want to consider consulting an attorney.

A Colleyville custody attorney of Alexander & Associates can help you understand your legal options and guide you through the process of adopting a stepchild. Contact us today at 817-756-4040.