These days, families come in all shapes and sizes. Blended families are more prevalent than ever and in turn the number of step-parent adoptions has soared.
Adoption cases can often be extremely stressful to any potential parent seeking to adopt a child. Like all adoption cases, Step Parent Adoption cases can be some of the most complex custody cases that come before a court. When a Step Parent chooses to adopt a child, the parental rights of the parent who is not the Adopter's spouse must be terminated. This can happen one of two ways: the first can be through consent from the person whose parental rights will be terminated. The second option is a court's decision to involuntarily terminate a person's parental rights.
Termination of parental rights cases are some of the most important and complex cases that a court will hear. When parental rights are terminated for a child, it is as if the child was never born to that parent at all. Typically, parental rights can only be terminated if there is an adoption pending in Pennsylvania. There are two types of termination of parental rights: voluntary and involuntary.