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Stepchild adoption is one of the most common adoptions in the United States.  It can be a wonderful experience for the parent and child to know that there is that level of love and affection in their family.  When your child's other parent does not share custody or parenting time, you and your spouse or significant other may wish to pursue a stepparent adoption.  When this arrangement is simple, the non-custodial parent agrees to legally terminate his or her rights. Your spouse or significant other becomes your child's legal parent after your attorney drafts and files the correct documents.
But often, the child's other parent may be reticent to allow another person to adopt his or her child.  In those cases, Pennsylvania law allows for involuntary termination when:
  • The person has not fulfilled his or her parental duties for at least six months, or at least four months, if the child is a newborn (Important Notice:  Do not warn the other parent about your adoption plans).
  • The person has a history of neglecting or abusing his or her child.
  • The court cannot locate the other parent after a comprehensive search.
  • The other parent has been convicted of murder or aggravated assault of one of his or her children.
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