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Adoption by stepparents is a common process in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. When the biological parent's spouse is willing to take on parental duties, legally adopting the child may be a sound decision. However, this setup is not for everyone, especially if the stepchild has a biological parent who is present in his or her life, and/or still provides support. Marrison Family Law in Colorado offers assistance to a parent who wants to adopt a stepchild. Here are some legal matters worth considering.

The rights of the biological parent: If the biological parent is still alive, then they must be willing to relinquish their parental rights or if unwilling, they must be found to have abandoned the child such that the child becomes available for adoption. However, if the biological parent cannot be found, or doesn't want to relinquish rights, enlisting the help of an experienced family lawyer can help.

Compliance with state adoption laws: Adoption laws vary with each state. Marrison Family Law suggests enlisting the help of legal professionals to help stepparents complete the state's legal requirements.

Court hearings: Stepparents must ensure their presence during the hearing for the finalization of the adoption. To learn more about how these hearings are conducted, the stepparent's legal team will walk their clients through the process.

Marrison Family Law is an award-winning firm based in Colorado Springs. For over 40 years, it has been offering legal services to people going through the difficult process of divorce. For more reads on family law, go to this page.

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Stepchild Adoption

Sunday, 03 November 2019

Adoption by stepparents is a common process in the U.S. and in other parts of the world. When the biological parent's spouse is willing to take on parental duties, legally adopting the child may be a sound decision. However, this setup is not for everyone, especially if the stepchild has a biological parent who is present in his or her life, and/or still provides support. Marrison Family Law in Colorado offers assistance to a parent who wants to adopt a stepchild.

Here are some legal matters worth considering.

The rights of the biological parent: If the biological parent is still alive, then they must be willing to relinquish their parental rights or if unwilling, they must be found to have abandoned the child such that the child becomes available for adoption. However, if the biological parent cannot be found, or doesn't want to relinquish rights, enlisting the help of an experienced family lawyer can help.

Compliance with state adoption laws: Adoption laws vary with each state. Marrison Family Law suggests enlisting the help of legal professionals to help stepparents complete the state's legal requirements. Court hearings: Stepparents must ensure their presence during the hearing for the finalization of the adoption. To learn more about how these hearings are conducted, the stepparent's legal team will walk their clients through the process.

Marrison Family Law is an award-winning firm based in Colorado Springs. For over 40 years, it has been offering legal services to people going through the difficult process of divorce. For more reads on family law, go to this page.

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When couples consider getting divorced, they often have no idea how difficult the process can be.  This is particularly true when there are children involved.  If you are fighting for custody of your children, then a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer can help.  Meanwhile, follow these tips for the most successful outcome.

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When we hear the term “terminate parental rights”, it usually refers to one of two things.  In the case of an adoption, parents will need to terminate their parental rights in order for the adoption to become legal.  But in criminal cases, where parents are charged with child abuse or neglect, they may lose their parental rights involuntarily. 

A court-imposed termination of parental rights is not necessary for parents who choose to forego visitation and live apart from their children.  Under most circumstances, the court would only get involved in parental rights issues when a parent becomes a danger to his or her child. 

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Grandparents' Rights In Colorado

Thursday, 11 June 2015

There’s no doubt that grandparents play an increasingly important role in the life of a child. In fact, one recent study from the University of Chicago and the National Institute on Aging says that some 60 percent of grandparents served as caregivers to grandchildren over a ten year period.

It’s no wonder that the number of involved grandparents would make them want to fight for visitation rights after their children get divorced.

As a grandparent, you should know your rights for visitation and custody.

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Family law attorneys may spend most of their time dealing with divorce, child custody and support issues, but parental rights are another area that falls into their domain.  In addition to giving parents physical rights to spend time with a child, parental rights also include the right to decide on the type of education, religion, health care and morals a child should have.  Beyond that, these rights also come with responsibilities, which include providing the children with clothing, food and shelter and all necessary child support, healthcare, etc.

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When a couple with children gets divorced, it is easy to find information on the custody laws in your state, but when unmarried parents go their separate ways, a different set of rules apply. Seeking legal help for a custody issue in a non-divorce case may require the help of a Colorado Springs child custody lawyer

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Even after many years in my career as a Colorado Springs divorce attorney specializing in child support, I probably should not be, but am still amazed at the lengths that some non-custodial parents will go to avoid paying child support. The major thing I find so disturbing about this ongoing trend is that it reveals the lack of character and responsibility that comes out in some parents when faced with the reality of supporting their kids after a divorce. While not every parent who is not keeping up with their child support payments is intentionally avoiding them, the problem of parents shirking their legal and moral responsibility towards their children needs to be addressed.

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Parental Rights in Colorado

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Each state has their own laws and judicial mandates regarding parental rights. This article is a discussion of Colorado family law as it applies to children or parents residing in the state and also is informative for the military families based in and around our Colorado Springs family law offices. 

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This is the final article in a 5 part case study reviewing a battle for child custody in Colorado. If you'd like to review this series from the beginning start with Child Custody Case Study - Part 1 or review the case study facts.

Judge Bristol changed both Maggie Bright's residential custody and decision-making authority without applying Colorado law necessary when prior court orders are modified.

Was there any way that Judge Bristol's decision complied with Colorado law for modifications?
When any Colorado trial court first wades into the muck that is contested child custody when parents separate, the rules applied to key issues like decision-making and residential custody are vastly different than if those decisions are changed years after the parents' separation is finalized.
At first glance, however, that difference in Colorado law didn't seem to apply to Maggie Bright's case.

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MPatMarrisonFor over a quarter century, we have helped people during what is often the darkest time in their lives. Divorce is not easy even under the best of circumstances. For most people, family is central. Having something go wrong in the family can have a ripple effect that extends beyond the home and into other areas.

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