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Step-Child Adoption Process in California

Typically, at the beginning of a contested stepparent adoption case, a petition to terminate parental rights must be filed simultaneously with the stepparent adoption petition. This means that the Court will determine if parental rights should stay in place long before ever getting to the question of whether you are fit to adopt as a step-parent. The Court will also appoint an investigator to conduct background checks, home assessments and, interviews of all the parties involved, including the biological parents, the step-parent, and even the child.

If you are hoping to strengthen your family bond by adopting a child as his or her stepparent, the Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. can help. A stepparent adoption gives both you and the stepchild various rights and responsibilities, some of which continue all the way into the child’s adulthood. The changes that come with these rights are generally permanent. At the Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C., we handle both uncontested and contested step-parent adoptions.

Reach out to us at (916) 794-4576 to get started with a consultation.

What is Dependency Adoption?

A dependency adoption is when someone who has assumed the role of a parent to a child who is not biologically their own is granted parenting rights. Whether the child’s biological parent is abusive, neglectful, or otherwise unable to properly care for their child, a dependency adoption allows a capable caregiver to step in and take over the parenting role. If you have become the primary caregiver for someone else’s child and are seeking custody or parenting rights, the Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. can help.

Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. Private Adoption Legal Counsel

Choosing to adopt a child is a noble act and a way to help provide a family for a little one. Having a Folsom adoption attorney by your side is crucial to the success of a private adoption. Whether you are planning to adopt domestically or internationally, the Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. can walk you through the process and assist you every step of the way.

Adoption is a gift to many children who are in need of a role model, a loving parent, and a family that cares about them. Whether you are seeking legal rights as the parent of a stepchild or a child abroad, the legal process can be convoluted and challenging. Seek guidance from the Law Office of Tiffany L. Andrews, P.C. Our adoption attorneys in Folsom offer high-quality representation and compassionate legal counsel to help your family grow.

Contact our firm online or call (916) 794-4576 to learn more.

  • “Very Knowledgeable Attorney”
    I'm the father in the middle of a dependency juvenile hearing. Tiffany Andrews is an upfront, honest and sincere attorney with knowledge in this area that surpasses any other attorney I've consulted with. She was able to educate me and inform me of the different directions my case could go. She gives great advice, something that not all attorneys give, and gives me the facts of what she sees, not sugar coating it. If you're looking for a caring and dedicated family law attorney, I highly recommend Tiffany Andrews.
    - Vincent
  • “Child Custody Case”

    Tiffany was asked to represent me in court as my primary attorney was called to attend another court case.

    Tiffany acted in a very professional manner, was very supportive, Tiffany made sure that she has a good understanding of my case prior to attending court. Whilst we waited for the court to open Tiffany was very attentive to me, asking me if I had any questions, trying to relax me even though this is a highly confrontational custody case. During the wait time, Tiffany noticed that the other attorney was acting inappropriately and immediately challenged his position, to which he apologized.

    Once in court Tiffany took the lead putting forward our case, she did this in a well-structured way. Each point had solid reasoning and when the apposing council tried to interrupt Tiffany politely asked him to wait until she had completed his argument. Tiffany mentioned to the judge the incident in the waiting area and the Judge was very clear that this behavior was unacceptable. The judge listed intently to Tiffany points and contentions, the facts were very clear and he was able to make the required decisions based on her submission without further clarification on my custody request. 

    Despite the fact Tiffany was covering for another attorney, I could not have asked for better support. She is an outstanding attorney, very knowledgeable on custody cases and the rules relating to custody. I would have not had a second thought engaging Tiffany as my primary attorney or making a recommendation to anybody who needs an excellent divorce/custody lawyer. 
    Thank you for your support - you were outstanding

    - Alan
  • “Professional and Effective”
    I retained Tiffany Andrews to accomplish my divorce and am pleased with the service provided. My ex-wife was very uncooperative at times and prolonged the divorce unnecessarily. Tiffany was able to move things along and eventually get her to complete her part of the necessary paperwork. Further, I am in the military and was deployed while the process was ongoing. Even though I was half a world away Tiffany and her staff were able to keep me abreast of the situation and worked with me to sign paperwork and keep things rolling. I would highly recommend Tiffany Andrews to those in need of legal services.
    - Previous Client
  • “Tiffany was there for me, even AFTER my case was filed.”
    Long Story short, My particular case started off as a Divorce & Child Custody case; but soon after Divorce papers were filed; I (a male) became a Victim of a brutal Domestic Violence from my Ex. Tiffany took care of all the necessary documents needed to finalize my Divorce & Child Custody case while I was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds & internal injuries. Tiffany helped & filed documents so that my children wouldn't be taken as wards of the state; & gave temporary custody to a familial relative while I recovered from my injuries. Not once did she leave my side as an attorney while I was in the hospital recovering from what my Ex-wife did... If I could recommend a Family Attorney to anyone in Northern California... I would recommend Tiffany Andrews; there is no doubt about this in my mind.
    - Arnell
  • “Very Professional and Devoted Attorney”
    My case was very unique in the way I had a paralegal and 1 other attorney represent me prior to meeting Tiffany Andrews. In the entire 4 years, I have been dealing with divorce/custody I made more headway in a matter of months after hiring her to represent me. She was very caring and very professional. She made each court hearing a very calm controlled environment for me. She heard what I to say and made a world of difference in my life as well as my children.
    - Annette
  • “Great Dependency Lawyer”
    Great dependency lawyer. Was able to make strong arguments with very little information. Super sharp.
    - Previous Client
  • “Amazing and Professional”
    I can not express in enough words how much Ms. Tiffany Andrews has helped me with my case. Since the beginning, she has been very detailed, quick to respond, professional and knowledgeable. Throughout the process, I always felt comfortable and at ease knowing she was handling every aspect of my case. She truly cares about her clients! Thank you very much for all that you have done for me and the services you continue to provide!
    - Amanda
  • “Attorney With Compassion”
    Working with Tiffani Andrews Law office was a godsend. After struggling for a bit to get legal assistance, I found Brenda. She showed a great deal of empathy to me as I was unfamiliar with the California legal process, and had the need to get legal assistance as soon as possible for a divorce and child custody case. Her guidance and handoff to Stephanie could not have been more helpful and beneficial. I would recommend this office for all the obvious reasons, but also for their efficiency and clear value for the client. Tiffani Andrews Law has my complete trust.
    - Mary
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