IL family lawyerWhen you adopt a stepchild, you become the child’s legal parent. This means that you will be granted certain rights and have legal responsibilities toward the child as if he or she were born to you. Adoption, therefore, requires careful planning and attention to the legal process. Adoption law can be complex, which is why you should consult with an experienced attorney who can walk you through it. 

Factors to Consider Before Adopting a Stepchild

Here are a few basic questions you might want to ask yourself before adopting a stepchild:

  • How old is the child?
  • Where are the child’s parents?
  • How is your current relationship with the child?
  • What needs does the child have and can you meet those needs?
  • Is this adoption in the best interest of the child?
  • How long will the adoption process take?