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Stepparent Adoption

IF:

A) The child in question was born in wedlock or was adopted. You are married to the biological or adoptive mother or father. And the other parent has died.

Or

B) The child in question was born in wedlock or adopted. The biological or adoptive parents divorced. You are married to the parent who has custody.

Or

C) The child was not born in wedlock (that is, the parents were not married). You are married to the parent who has custody.


THEN:

You may petition the Circuit Court in the City where you live to adopt the child and change his/her name. In situations "B" and "C", you must secure the written consent of the other parent, if living, unless the mother swears under oath that the identity of the father is not reasonable ascertainable (or the alleged father denies paternity) AND without the necessity of having the matter referred to the Department of Social Services for an investigation and without the necessity of having temporary Orders and a probationary period before the adoption and name change is finalized.



Close Relative Adoption

IF:

A) You are a close relative (grandparent, or adult nephew/niece, brother or sister) of the child in question and the child has lived in your home for three or more years, the Court can grant the adoption without an investigation by the Department of Social Services or the usual probationary period.

B) If you are a close relative but the child has lived in your home for less than three years an investigation or home study is required before the adoption can be granted. The Court "may" omit the probationary period and Interrogatory Order.

 

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