Step-parent / Family Adoptions
In an adoption proceeding, an adult is able to establish a legal relationship with a child who is not related to the adult by blood. The process for a step parent adoption is more streamlined and involves less requirements than other adoption proceedings. For an adoption proceeding, the Judge needs to terminate the rights and obligations of the biological parents. A biological parent can consent to the adoption proceeding instead of requiring the Judge to order it. Once a Final Judgment of Adoption is ordered, the Office of Vital Statistics issues a new birth certificate for the child showing the adoptive parents names.