A stepparent adoption is simply an adoption involving a child’s custodial parent and a stepparent who wants to adopt his or her stepchild. These types of adoptions have different rules than do non-stepparent adoptions. For example, a child must reside with the custodial parent and the stepparent for a year before finalization of the stepparent adoption. (In a non-stepparent adoption, the adoption can be finalized after only six months.) Another difference is the stepparent must receive either consent or waiver from the child’s non-custodial parent to finalize the adoption. If a consent or waiver is obtained, the adoption can likely be easily finalized. If waiver or consent is not obtained and the non-custodial parent challenges the adoption, the adoption becomes contested, and a trial to determine the best interests of the child may be held.

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