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Step-parent Adoption?

If a step parent adopts a child, because the Bio-parent isn't around and doesn't have rights. He/she has raised this child and then the marriage broke up, do you think they should have the same rights as a bio parent to get custody or pay S/C?

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Asked by Anonymous at 11:02 AM on Sep. 7, 2010 in Adoption

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  • Legally they are the parent. Therefore they have just as much rights as the other person. When families adopt and divorce it's not any different.
    If you assume legal responsibility as the childs parent, you are the parent.

    Answer by Musicmom80 at 11:17 AM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • If they have legally adopted the child, then they have full parental rights and responsibilities for that child under law.

    Answer by riotgrrl at 12:06 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Absolutely. That's what adoption is; committing to being there for the child, raising, caring and being responsible for that child's well being. It's not temporary or conditional, that's foster parenting.

    Answer by onethentwins at 12:33 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Of course! Adoption is forever....

    Answer by Luuckymommy at 12:37 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Yes.

    Answer by matthewscandi at 12:49 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Yes, when you adopt a have the same legal responsibilities as the bio parents according to the law. That is how it should be.

    Answer by hsmominky at 10:34 PM on Sep. 7, 2010

  • Absolutely. Adoption, no matter how it happens, makes you legally a parent. You don't become less their parent just because you get divorced, in the same way that you don't become less of a parent to your biological kids in a divorce.

    Answer by So_Blessed7 at 5:40 AM on Sep. 8, 2010

  • Yes the adoptive parent should have the same rights as the bio-parent. That's the point of the adoption.

    Answer by SheIsMySunrise at 12:50 PM on Sep. 9, 2010

  • Absolutely!! The judge made sure that my husband was clear on the fact that if we were to divorce ever, (which we wont), I could now file for full custody of Elijah when I adopted my "step" son. :)

    Same goes the other way... If we ever divorced, I could end up paying child support for him. Once the adoption is final, that child is in EVERY legal way the adoptive parent's child. Period. (YAY!!!) :)

    Answer by Elyssa414 at 12:28 AM on Sep. 16, 2010

  • yup

    Answer by mekarevell at 12:52 AM on Oct. 12, 2010

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