In Ontario, step-parent adoption is a legal process that allows a step-parent to become the legal parent of their spouse’s child. The process involves, in most cases but not all, obtaining consent from the child’s other biological parent and obtaining a court order. The steps involved in step-parent adoption in Ontario are:
Once consent is obtained, the step-parent can file an application with the court to adopt the child. The application should include all necessary forms and documents, including a copy of the child’s birth certificate, the step-parent’s marriage certificate, and the written consent of the biological parent.
Once the home study is completed, the step-parent and the child will need to attend court for a hearing. At the hearing, the court will review the application, the home study, and any other relevant information before making a decision.
If the court is satisfied that the adoption is in the best interests of the child, it will issue an order granting the adoption. Once the adoption order is granted, the step-parent will become the legal parent of the child, and the child’s birth certificate will be amended to reflect the change in parentage.
Step-parent adoption can be a complex and emotional process, but it can provide important legal and emotional benefits for both the step-parent and the child. If you are considering step-parent adoption in Ontario, it is important to obtain legal advice from an experienced family law lawyer who can guide you through the process and ensure that your rights and interests are protected.
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