Stepparent adoption can be very rewarding for all parties involved. Generally, consent from one biological parent is the best way to ensure a timely and successful stepparent adoption. With consent, the process of a stepparent adoption is more simplified but still requires proper legal procedure to ensure the adoption is granted.
Alternatively, a biological parent may seek to terminate the rights of the other biological parent so that a stepparent may adopt. Doing so requires a more complicated legal process to include presenting a case to demonstrate the non-consenting parent’s abandonment or neglect of the child or disregard for the child’s safety, among other factors. It is wise to seek counsel if you are considering a stepparent adoption to determine the best route for your family.