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Formalize Your Family Through a Stepparent Adoptions

At the Law Office of Ashley McCartney, LLC we take pride in building families through adoption. Stepparent adoption is about building families and legally recognizing families that already exist in reality.

In 2018, the Georgia Adoption Code was revised to make stepparent adoptions in Georgia more streamlined. The specific requirements for stepparent adoptions in Georgia are found in O.C.G.A. § 19-8-6. The stepparent adoption will be filed in the Superior Court where the child and parent reside. If the child’s other parent consents, he or she will execute a Surrender of Parental Rights and an Acknowledgement of Surrender of Parental Rights.

Under the new adoption law, the surrender of parental rights can only be revoked within a four-day window, whereas it used to be a ten-day window. If that parent does not consent to the adoption, there are still ways to finalize the adoption. For instance, if the parent has failed to create a meaningful relationship with the child or failed to support the child financially for a period of time, his or her parental rights can be terminated by the Court for the purpose of adoption. Sometimes, the other parent is unknown or cannot be found. Georgia adoption law provides for a streamlined process to deal with those issues as well.

Providing You Individualized Attention

In Georgia, different forms of adoption have different requirements. Because of this, our lawyer is very specific about what you need to know as you go through the adoption process and what rules you must comply with. We communicate clearly and often with you, so you understand what is going on every step of the way. We work with you to fulfill the requirements for your adoption, so we can get a hearing scheduled as quickly as possible to finalize your adoption and help you begin your new family relationship.

Let us help you solidify your family through stepparent adoption

Call The Law Office of Ashley McCartney, LLC, at 404-874-0240, or contact us, so that we can discuss the adoption process with you. We will work hard to provide you with the desired result. We accept credit cards for payment.