When Can Stepparents Adopt Children In Minnesota?

Coodin & Overson, PLLP, assists families that wish to accomplish a stepparent adoption where circumstances allow it.

For a stepparent adoption to occur, the following circumstances must exist:

  • The other biological parent of the child is either deceased, has abandoned the child or consents to the adoption.
  • The other spouse wants the adoption to occur.
  • The adopting spouse wants to assume all the legal obligations a parent has to his or her natural child, including supporting the child, child support in the event of a divorce and the child's entitlement to a portion of his or her estate in the event of death while the child is still a minor.
  • If the child is 14 or older, the child wants the adoption to occur.

If all of these circumstances exist, we can efficiently accomplish the stepparent adoption, and it usually only requires one or two court appearances.

How To Get Started

If you believe all of the above circumstances do exist, you can call us and schedule a free initial consultation in which we will confirm that you can adopt your stepchild.

With your assistance and cooperation, we will prepare all of the documents necessary to accomplish your adoption and guide you through the process. The documents will then be presented to the district court in the county where you live and a court hearing will be scheduled. We will attend the court hearing with you to make sure the adoption goes smoothly.

The only further expense for you will be the court–imposed filing fee.

Contact Us To Learn More

If you are interested in stepparent adoption, please give us a call at 651-319-5180 and ask for your free initial consultation with one of our attorneys. From our Woodbury office, we serve clients throughout the Twin Cities metro area.