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Can I adopt an adult step-child If so how do I go about

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Can I adopt an adult step-child? If so how do I go about it?
Submitted: 7 years ago.Category: Family Law
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You can adopt an adult-step child provided you have the consent of the adult step-child and your spouse (if you're still married). Once you have the consent of both parties, you can file a petition for adoption with the court's in your county or the step-child's county. There will then be a hearing. If the court find's that the adoption is in the adoptee's best interests, the court will grant the adoption. You can read about this process at the following link.
http://library.adoption.com/articles/arizona-state-law-on-adult-adoption.html

Your attorney can file the petition for you. Further, it's important to discuss how this might affect you, your other children (if applicable), and the effect on the step-child's inheritance rights from his natural father.

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Customer reply replied 7 years ago

I appreciate your prompt response to my question. The web-site you referred my to is also a big help. I will further research this possibility before I take any further action.

 

My personal situation is that the biological father of my step-daughter has been out of her life for at least 6-7 years, she has had no word from him and does not know if he is dead or alive. Does that situation present any significant problems if both my step-daughter and my wife agree to this adoption?

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That shouldn't present a problem since your step-daughter is now an adult as long as both your spouse and the adoptee consent.

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I assumed the follow up question and answer was covered by the first fee charged. I think that answering three questions should be covered be the original fee.

 

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