Berkeley Stepparent Adoption Lawyer
Representing Clients with Family Law Matters Throughout the Easy Bay Area California Since 1980
Marriage among couples with children from a prior marriage is common. While marrying another partner typically ends any spousal support [alimony] payments from a prior spouse, it has no bearing on child support payments. In many cases, however, the new spouse may choose to adopt the custodial child, particularly if the noncustodial parent is unable or unwilling to continue child support obligations. After a year or more of failing to pay child support, or failure to communicate the noncustodial parent may be presumed to have lost their parental rights.
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If you are considering petitioning for a stepparent adoption in the San Francisco Bay Area, the law firm of Martin J. Elmer, Esq. can help. As a California family law attorney with more than 30 years of experience, I have helped numerous couples move through the process of stepparent adoption, including the early phases of child support enforcement, notification of the natural parent and termination of parental rights.
The decision to adopt a child by a stepparent is emotional, as well as practical and financial. The process begins by having your questions answered clearly and honestly about what adoption will mean regarding legal rights and obligations. I offer a free consultation to listen to your concerns and explain the process. If you decide to hire my law firm to move ahead with the adoption, I will move the process ahead as efficiently and effectively as possible.
In addition to stepparent adoption, I also offer a full range of adoption services, including:
- Agency adoptions
- International adoption
- Consent adoption
Challenging a Stepparent Adoption
If you are a noncustodial parent challenging a stepparent adoption, call my office to arrange a consultation to discuss maintaining your parental rights.
Oakland Attorney for Adopting a Stepchild · Bay Area Adoption Lawyer
From my offices in Berkeley, California, I represent clients in family law matters throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Call me at (510) 644-2411 or contact my office by e-mail to arrange a free consultation to discuss your legal issue with an experienced Berkeley stepparent adoption attorney.
Martin "Jamie" Elmer, Esq. is recognized as a Certified Family Law Specialist by California State Bar