At Flesner Wentzel, we help new families come together through the process of stepparent adoption.
Located in St. Charles, our attorneys facilitate stepparent, private and agency adoptions that create legal bonds between parent and child.
St. Louis Stepchild Adoption Attorney
Stepparents often play an important role in a child’s life. Many develop bonds with their stepchildren that are deeper and more meaningful than the bonds children share with their biological parents.
Many stepparents consider stepchildren to be their own and treat them as such. At Flesner Wentzel, we help with stepparent adoption to create the legal bonds necessary to solidify their place in their children’s lives.
In order to complete a stepparent adoption, you must obtain consent from the other birth parent.
Oftentimes, when biological parents are not involved in their children’s lives, or understand the strength of bonds between their biological child and his or her stepfather or stepmother, consent will be given. However, if the birth parent will not consent, it may be necessary to bring an action to terminate his or her parental rights.
Forming Families Through Adoption
Families come in all shapes and sizes. At Flesner Wentzel, we help clients make their dreams of parenthood a reality through private and agency adoptions.
Private adoptions are typically arranged by the birth and adoptive parents. These adoptions are often done between family members. However, outside individuals — such as doctors, churches or other individuals — may facilitate. Agency adoptions are coordinated through adoption agencies.
In both private and agency adoptions, there are many moving parts and many decisions to be made. It is important to consult an attorney who can advise you on the long-term implications of each decision, and protect your rights throughout the adoption process.
At Flesner Wentzel, we help adoptive parents and birth parents coordinate private and agency adoptions. Our stepparent adoption attorneys will stay by your side every step of the way to ensure your interests, and the interests of the adopted child, are protected.
International adoptions often provide a faster path to parenthood. However, the process itself is much more complicated. At Flesner Wentzel, our lawyers help prospective parents ensure the adoption complies with both U.S. laws, the laws of the child’s foreign birth country, as well as international regulations.