I live life with the blessing of being fascinated by small, simple things. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am about the new seedlings that have sprouted in my garden. It’s a very warm and fuzzy feeling, but It’s not quite like bringing a new child into the world. If you are a parent yourself or have shared in the experience of welcoming a child to life, you know that the new addition to the family brings in an avalanche of beautiful emotion. What you may not be aware of is that Stepparents often feel a similar sense of elation when they adopt their spouse’s children.
I’ve had the pleasure to assist many families with stepparent adoptions as a Jacksonville family lawyer. Although in every situation that I’ve been a part of, the stepmother or stepfather has been a part of the child’s life for years, when the adoption is final, the new parent is overwhelmed with joy. Once the adoption is final, a legal parent-child relationship is created to go along with the emotional bond that already exists. The child even gets a new birth certificate with the stepparent’s name on it. The court records are then sealed, as all adoptions are private matters. Continue reading