Step-Parent Adoption

Scottsdale Parental Rights Attorney

At the Phoenix Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau we help unite families legally through the step-parent or relative adoptions. Step-parent adoptions can be completed in two ways: by consent of the birth parent, or through the termination of the birth parent’s rights.

  • Consent: The easiest way to complete a stepparent adoption is if the absent parent signs a document relinquishing his or her parental rights
  • Termination of parental rights: The termination of someone’s parental rights is complex and requires an attorney with significant trial experience in these types of proceedings.

In order for a stepparent adoption to be approved, the step-parent and biological parent have to be married for two years and the stepparent has to participate in a background and adoption study. Additionally, any child over the age of 8, has to agree to the adoption.

Step Parent Adoption
An experienced Scottsdale family attorney provides a simplified overview of the steps necessary to filing for step-parent adoption in Arizona.

To learn more about stepparent or relative adoption in Arizona, contact the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau today. Call us at 480-209-1918, toll free at 888-453-1437 or contact us online.

At the Law Office of Karen A. Schoenau, we are dedicated to providing top-quality service that considers your financial situation. We make sure that you always clearly understand our fees and guide you through the adoption process as swiftly and cost-effectively as possible.

Talk to our Phoenix Step Parent Adoption Attorney

The best way to get real answers about stepparent and relative adoptions is to talk to a lawyer. Call Arizona modification attorney Karen Schoenau today by contacting us at 480-209-1918 or toll free at 888-453-1437.

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Karen is highly respected in the legal community. She is effective and thorough. Karen just keeps going regardless of the odds.
Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
Very high customer/client considerate. We found Karen when we were forced to leave another Phoenix lawyer due to his bad advice and lack of interest to help us. We were in Phoenix for six days from Michigan with nothing happening but a high wasted expense. Karen and her firm took us in and solved our issue with the courts etc. in two and a half days. Karen’s professionalism with us was very cost effective/productive. If we would have found her first, we would have saved thousands of dollars. Her interest for us was very high. She returned every call. She knew every answer to our questions. She did this for us with a death in her family. She left for a funeral and made sure we were treated with the same professionalism from her firm to finish up. I recommend Karen and her firm with very high satisfaction. Our case is custody with one parent in prison. We will return to Phoenix someday with interests for the child and his parent, if needed. Karen will be our top choice. Nolan
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Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna