Today, it's not uncommon for stepparents to adopt their stepchildren, especially when one of the stepchild's parents is absent. We're using this blog to explore what the process of adopting a stepchild looks like in Colorado, so you can move forward with your case in the best way.
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What Are the Requirements to Adopt a Stepchild in Colorado?
For the most part, the requirements to adopt a stepchild in Colorado are fairly straightforward. The prospective parent must have a clear criminal background (verified by a background check) and be 21 years of age or older.
However - and this is the most difficult part for many stepparents wanting to adopt - you must also be able to prove that the child's parent who is not your spouse has forfeited their parental rights and consented to the adoption.
If the child's other parent does not wish to forfeit their parental rights, you must engage in a court case and a court must involuntarily terminate that person's parental rights for the adoption to proceed.
Regardless of the circumstances, your case will begin with a Petition for Adoption. The court will assess a variety of factors, such as whether it believes you adopting the child would be in their best interests, how the adoption will impact familial relationships going forward, and more. If necessary, the court will also initiate the process of terminating the other parent's parental rights if it believes there is ground to do so.
Hopefully, your adoption will proceed without a hitch. We can help you get there. To speak with one of our adoption attorneys, contact us online or via phone at (303) 647-4245.