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If I live in Pennsylvania can I terminate the other parent's parental rights?

In Pennsylvania parental rights can be terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily. A voluntary termination of parental rights occurs when the parent in question wants to terminate their own rights to their child. An involuntary termination of parental rights occurs when the court makes the decision and terminates a parent's rights. There is a long list of factors the court will weigh and consider in deciding whether to terminate a parent's rights. Whether voluntary or involuntary, this process is not quick. A parent will not lose the rights to their child unless the court formally terminates those rights. Having your parental rights terminated is not the same as not having legal custody of the child.

Can You Legally Adopt An Adult in Pennsylvania?

The short answer is yes. In Pennsylvania one adult can adopt another adult. An adult adoption is the adoption of any individual who is at least 18 years old. Perhaps the more interesting and important question is, "why would someone want to adopt an adult?"

Step Parent Adoption in Pennsylvania

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.