The regular adoption process in Minnesota involves a home-study to make sure that the adopting parents can provide a safe and appropriate home for the child. These adoptions are typically completed with the help of an agency, unless the parties involved already know each other. In stepparent adoptions, the home-study can be waived by the court.
In stepparent adoptions, the state offers a simplified procedure to allow a stepparent to adopt a stepchild without facing many of the hurdles involved in typical adoption. The stepparent adoption process involves three main steps:
In both stepparent adoptions and regular adoptions, the consent of any child over 14 years of age is required.
For help with a stepparent adoption, schedule a consultation with a compassionate Minnesota family law attorney at Appelhof, Pfeifer & Hart, P.A. today.
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