If you and your spouse have decided it’s time for you to adopt your stepchild, you’re probably wondering what you need to do to make that happen. There are a few guidelines you’ll need to consider before you commit to filing your petition to adopt, and you should learn as much as you can about the adoption process so that you’re prepared for what’s to come. Continue reading to learn more about adopting a stepchild in Indiana.
Indiana Adoption Requirements
In order to become an adoptive parent in Indiana, there are a couple of different requirements you’ll need to meet, including being prepared to financially and emotionally support a child and having an adequate amount of space in your home to accommodate your stepchild.
You may also be required to take parenting classes if you don’t already have children of your own who you’ve been caring for. This criteria will apply to all adoptions throughout Indiana.
Preparing for the Adoption Process in Indiana
When you’ve gone over all of the requirements for becoming an adoptive parent and make sure that you meet the criteria, you’re ready to begin the adoption process. Your Indiana family lawyer will begin the process on your behalf by filing a petition to adopt.
You may need to get the other parent of your stepchild to consent to the adoption if they’ve been involved in their child’s upbringing. If the other parent has not been involved in the child’s life, your adoption shouldn’t run into any of the challenges that a contested adoption would bring.
It’s also worth noting that if your stepchild is at least twelve years old, the judge will ask them to consent to the adoption before it can be finalized. Your adoption will be finalized in your adoption hearing after you’ve obtained all forms of consent required in your case, and then you’ll officially be the legal parent of your stepchild.
Work with an Indiana Adoption Lawyer
To discuss the details of how to adopt a stepchild in Indiana with an experienced Indiana adoption lawyer at Rowdy G. Williams Law Firm, simply fill out the quick contact form below or give our office a call at 1-812-232-7400 to schedule your no-obligation consultation today.