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Step-Parent Adoption

There are an increasing number of step-families in the UK and abroad. The understandable wish to make the child officially a member of their new family means that adoption is often thought of as the solution.

Adoption may be the answer for instance where the child’s other parent has died or has had no contact with the child. However, it is now  recognised as important for a child to maintain as close a relationship as possible with both of their birth parents, whether they were married or not, Step parent adoption ends the legal relationship with the absent parent so that only their custodial parent and their new partner become the child’s legal parents.

The Adoption and Children Act 2002 introduce other options for step parents which give legal status to a step parent without ending the child’s legal relationship with their other parent.

How we can help you

We are able to advise on the range of options, assist with drawing up step parent agreements and offer representation in whatever court process is decided to be best for the individual child.

With our expertise in International Adoption, we can also provide advice and representation to a step parent who marries a foreign national abroad with a child by a previous relationship and where it is the plan for the child to become a full legal member of the new family, with British nationality.

Your next step

If you are the step parent of a child whom you wish to adopt, the biological parent of a child whom you wish your partner to adopt  or perhaps you are child who wishes to be adopted by a step parent please contact either Naomi or Bridget for a confidential chat. After hearing the specifics of your case they will be able to provide you with further information and options available to you. They will also give you an indication of the process, what will be required of you and the possible time frames involved.

Naomi Angell is ranked as a leading individual in independent legal directories Chambers & Partners and Legal 500. Chambers describes Naomi as  “the first person whom applicant adopters should go to”  and  as “hugely experienced, calm and a good listener.

Written by Naomi Angell and Bridget Thompson 

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