Stepparent Adoption Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Experienced Stepparent Adoption Attorneys Serving Pittsburgh Families
The bond between a stepparent and their stepchild can provide the kind of love and support that a child needs to grow and develop into adulthood. In some cases, a stepparent may wish to formalize this relationship through adoption, especially if the child's other legal parent is not in the picture. While adopting your stepchild can be a rewarding experience, the process can be complicated and time-consuming. To ensure that your adoption is successful, it is important to work with an experienced stepparent adoption lawyer in Pittsburgh.
At Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., our knowledgeable family law attorneys have decades of experience providing legal support to stepparents who are going through the process of adopting their stepchildren. We understand that there are unique challenges involved in this type of adoption, and we are dedicated to working diligently to help ensure that every legal requirement is met so that your stepparent adoption goes as smoothly as possible. We also know that stepparent adoption can often be a stressful process, especially if the child’s other parent is not voluntarily relinquishing their parental rights, so we strive to create a supportive environment where our clients and their families feel safe and secure as they navigate the complex legal system that governs stepparent adoptions.
How Does Stepparent Adoption Work in Pennsylvania?
The first step to adopting your stepchild begins with notifying the child’s other legal parent that you are seeking to adopt the child. You will need to request and recieve written consent from the child's other legal parent giving up their parental rights. If the child's other legal parent is unwilling to voluntarily relinquish their parental rights, you may be able to petition the court to terminate their parental rights under certain circumstances.
These circumstances can include:
- The other parent has not performed any parental duties for at least 6 months
- The other parent has abused, neglected, or been incapacitated in a way that has harmed the child's mental or physical health, and they either cannot or refuse to remedy the situation
- The other parent is unknown or cannot be found
- The other parent has been convicted of a crime against the custodial parent
If the child is a newborn baby, the other parent must be aware of the child's existence and has refused to maintain substantive contact or provide substantial financial support. Whether you are seeking to adopt your stepchild with the consent of the other parent or you are pursuing a termination of their parental rights, it is critical that you consult an experienced stepparent adoption attorney who can help you understand your legal options. These cases can be extremely complex, and sound legal guidance can help to ensure a successful result. At Lisa Marie Vari & Associates, P.C., our experienced stepparent adoption lawyers in Pittsburgh have the knowledge to guide you through each step of the process.
“Lisa herself is a very dedicated, hard working, professional and compassionate person. She is very driven to get the results you desire, but also listens to your needs and understands the difficult nature of the business.”- Pennie E.
“I've worked with this firm on more than one occasion and have nothing but HIGH PRAISE for their professionalism, expertise and knowledge.”- Rebecca H.
“I not only recommend attorney Melissa Lewis, but I guarantee once you have used her service you will look no further. She responds in an extreme timely matter, is very knowledgeable, and an extremely trustworthy person.”- Maurice B.
Strong SupportA team of senior attorneys, junior associates, paralegals and law school clerks for full legal support throughout the process.
Complex CasesExperienced with high income, self employed professionals in complex support and equitable distribution cases.
DiverseAttorney Lisa Marie Vari is trained as a mediator and collaborative family lawyer.
ExperiencedMore than 30 years of experience practicing family law in Pennsylvania.