Step Parent Adoption

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Jen - June 30

My new husband would like to adopt my 8 yr old son. My ex is a deadbeat who dosn't call or pay any child support. My husband and I are expecting our first child this Nov and I don't want my son to feel left out. He still has his fathers name and all. Any suggestions or advice? Thanks

 

JenniferB - June 30

It depends. Would your ex give up his rights to his son? Does your son love your husband and would he want to be adopted? If your son was against it I wouldn't force him. It is very kind of your husband to want to adopt your son. Sounds like you got a good one this time.

 

Tulip - June 30

My cousin adopted his step-son at about that same age not long after he married the little boy's mom. It doesn't seem like it was difficult. They were expecting another child before long. The only thing that seems different is that now he calls him "Dad." It is working great for them.

 

ASA - June 30

I think your ex would have to sign over his rights first. I don't know where you live, but it may be different. I hope everything works out. In my experience, the ex gave the mother the blues about this. (Don't know why b/c they were deadbeats too) I hope it's different for you. Approach it with caution. You don't need things getting ugly(ier). check out your states laws about this. Can be tricky and unfair sometimes. Good Luck.

 

Jen - June 30

My husband is wonderful with him and I talked to my son about it and he would be fine with it. I have not talked to the father yet about this. Although he said he would have no problem if I changed my son's last name. I just wanted to know if anyone has gone through this, if yes what would this cost me, how long does it take? just trying to get a little info.

 

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