Common San Jose Adoption Questions

San Jose Family law

If you or someone close to you is considering adoption, you might be curious as to how adoption works.  Madan Ahluwalia, San Jose family law San jose adoptionattorney of Ahluwalia Law P.C., is here to help you with the legal aspects of adoption.  Please do not hesitate to contact us to find out how we can assist you with your adoption process.

What is adoption?

Adoption is a legal process that transfers parent rights from birth parents to adoptive parents permanently.

What types of Adoptions are there?

  • Independent Adoptions
  • Agency Adoptions
  • International Adoptions
  • Identified Adoptions
  • Stepparent adoptions

Can a Stepparent Adopt a Stepchild?

Under San Jose family law, stepparent adoptions require that the child’s biological parents consent to the adoption.  Consent from a biological parent means that they are relinquishing all of their parental rights over the child.  The biological parent will no longer have any right to visit their child or make any decisions that have an impact on behalf the child, from medical decisions to schooling decisions.  A San Jose family law lawyer can help you determine if stepparent adoption is the right choice for you and your family.

How Do You Termiante the  Rights of a Biological Parent?

If a biological parent withholds consent during an adoption, San Jose family law requires that non-consenting parent’s rights must be terminated in order for the adoption to proceed.   This can happen in a few ways:

  • Proving parental unfitness
  • Failure to support the child
  • Proving that the parent is not the legal parent
  • Proving abandonment of the child by the parent

For help with San Jose Adoption issues as well as other type of family law matters, please contact Madan Ahluwalia of Ahluwalia Law for assistance by filling out an online form for a free consultation or calling us today at 1866-666-4647