With the ever-rising divorce rate in the United States, combined with the increasing overall amount of marriages, it is becoming more and more common for people to be involved in 2 to 3 marriages in their lifetime. Often times when people remarry they are entering a relationship where their partner already has a child from a previous marriage and in some of those marriages the parent with the child may be raising this child on their own. As the new step-parent and step-child learn more about each other, a relationship starts to blossom and the child may look to this person the same as they would a biological parent.
These situations are becoming more and more common and often leads to step-parents thinking about adopting a stepchild, either for enforceable parental rights or as a symbolic gesture. This can be done but does require cooperation from all parties involved, including the stepchild’s biological parents.Let's Be Social!