Assuming or revoking one's parental rights and responsibilities over a child is a huge, life-altering step. As your Colorado family law attorney, Ray Chamberland will provide you with the hands-on, personalized attention and legal service that you need. He can guide you through every step of your Colorado stepparent adoption case.
Colorado Springs Stepparent Adoption Attorney Chamberland represents both stepparents that wish to adopt their stepchildren and biological parents that want to defend against the termination of their legal parental rights. His years of U.S. military and legal experience as a Staff Judge Advocate and a missile combat crew member makes him a zealous legal advocate to have on your side.Adopting Your Stepchild
In Colorado, a stepparent can file a petition to adopt a stepson or stepdaughter if a biological parent has passed away, abandoned the child, or failed to pay child support for at least one year.
To adopt your stepchild, you will need the consent of your spouse, your stepchild (if he or she is over 12 years of age), and the biological parent whose parental rights are being terminated. If you are unable to obtain the consent of the parent whose rights you are terminating—due to circumstance or opposition—then you must prove that terminating the biological parent's legal rights is in the child's best interests. You must also prove that you are fit to be your stepchild's legal parent.
Adopting your stepson or stepdaughter is an important step that grants you full parental rights and responsibilities for your stepchild, including all legal and financial obligations. Colorado Springs Stepchild Attorney Chamberland can work with you to make sure that your stepparent adoption goes through the necessary and correct channels to ensure a successful outcome.Military Stepparent Adoptions
If you are a military service member that wishes to adopt your stepchild, it is important that you file your stepparent adoption papers in the child's home state. If your stepson or daughter has been living in Colorado for at least six months, then Colorado is considered the home state.Defending Against Stepparent Adoptions
If you have been wrongly accused of abandoning or not being fit to parent your biological child and a stepparent is trying to revoke your parental rights over your son or daughter, Colorado Family Law Attorney Ray Chamberland can protect your legal right to parent your child.An Experienced Adoption Attorney Helps
Growing your family through the adoption process can be an exciting time for a family. A Colorado Springs Adoption lawyer can help you take the legal steps necessary for a successful adoption. Colorado Adoption Attorney Ray Chamberland represents civilian and military parents in adoption cases involving agency adoptions, independent adoptions, infant adoptions, child adoptions, adult adoptions, and relative adoptions.Clients Served
Many of Attorney Chamberland's family law clients reside in Colorado Springs, Cimarron Hills, Security-Widefield, Monument, Woodland Park, Black Forest, Canon City, Fountain, Florissant, and other cities in the Pikes Peak Region, the Tri-Lakes Area, Douglas County, Fremont County, and El Paso County, Colorado.
To schedule your initial consultation with Colorado Springs Stepparent Adoption Attorney Ray Chamberland, call Chamberland Law at (719) 527-3999 or contact us online.