Step-parent adoption in Iowa is a fairly straightforward process, especially with the assistance of an experienced family law attorney. Adopting your step-child can be a time of joy for both the child and new parent, providing security and stability to the whole family.
How does step-parent adoption differ from other adoptions?
Unlike many other types of adoption, a step-parent will already have a relationship with the child they are adopting. This is a large proponent to the differences in the step-parent adoption process. Some of the main differences include:
- No long wait periods
- No home study required
- Lower costs
What steps must be taken for step-parent adoption in Iowa?
To adopt your step-child in Iowa, there are a few steps you must take. All of these steps can be completed with the help of your family law attorney and are not overly time-consuming. They include:
- Getting consent from or terminating the parental rights of the noncustodial parent (if applicable)
- Filing a petition for adoption at the local courthouse
- Scheduling a court date with a judge to complete the adoption
While step-parent adoption in Iowa can be a very straightforward process, there is always the possibility of complications arising. To ensure that your adoption is as easy and stress-free as possible, work with a family law attorney, like Daniel Willems. To learn more about working with Daniel Willems, request a free consultation.