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What Happens to Biological Father’s Rights after Stepfather Adoption?

A child can have only two legal parents. Since a child cannot legally have three parents, the legal parent will have to voluntarily give up their rights. If a child is adopted by their stepfather, the biological father’s rights as a parent will be legally terminated. If the biological father wants any rights with his child, including visitation rights, he should not consent to his child’s adoption by someone else. A biological father has stronger legal rights over his child than the child’s stepdad. The law will favor biological fathers over stepfathers. Stepfathers have various options available to strengthen their rights to a stepchild. For instance, stepfathers can obtain a power of attorney from their stepchild’s biological father, put their stepchild into their will and other estate planning documents, and legally adopting your stepchild. If a couple has been together for a while and the father feel his spouse’s children are really his own, he may want to legalize that bond by adopting the step child. A stepparent’s adoption of the stepchild is one of the most common forms of adoption.If he adopts the step child, he becomes a legal parent to the child in every way. The child can inherit from the parent, the parent could seek custody in case of a divorce, and the parent can make serious decisions about the child’s life regarding things like schooling and health care. Some step parents choose to adopt the step children in order to solidify their family bond. If the stepfather wishes to adopt the step children and the other biological parent is still alive, the couple will have...
What is the difference between guardianship and adoption?

What is the difference between guardianship and adoption?

There are times when circumstances dictate that the care or custody of a child has to be the responsibility of somebody who is not that child’s parents. Often, this person is another family member – a grandparent, an older sibling, an aunt or uncle, and so forth – though sometimes this person is not related to the child. In general, there are two distinct possibilities when custody of a child is transferred away from that child’s parents and to another – Guardianship and Adoption. In an Adoption, a person or a couple takes over all parental rights and responsibilities for a child, replacing that child’s biological parents entirely. Legally, once an adoption has been finalized the child’s adoptive parents are premanently considered the child’s parents, and they are treated exactly as the child’s birth family. Custody, legal decisions, and inheritance are all treated exactly as they would be in any other family, and the court does not supervise or otherwise intervene in an adoptive parent’s relationship with their adopted child – unless there is some evidence of parental wrongdoing, which is handled the same way as it would be handled if the parents were biological. A guardianship, however, can be more complex. Like an adoption, in a guardianship a child is living with an adult who is not their biological parent, but this person is not legally considered a replacement for the child’s parents. Guardians are responsible for the care and well being of the children in their care, and are empowered by the court to make decisions regarding the best interests of the child, but often guardians are...