- 2017 Family Code Amendment Gives New Stepparent Options
- No increase in county fees
- Adult Stepparent Adoptions
Good news. There was some talk in the bureaucracy of an increase in county court and investigation fees for 2016. Luckily, however, the filing fee remains at only $20.00. Also, the county investigation fees for the counties I work in most option (Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Orange) did not increase.
Often people only think of stepparent adoption as only regarding children. Each year, however, I'm asked to complete several adult stepparent adoptions. Often this happens when either the child's absent birth parent would not consent to the adoption when the child was under 18, there was a need to continue with the absent parent's child support payments which would have been lost when finalizing a stepparent adoption, or perhaps everyone involved was not yet ready to complete a stepparent adoption at that point in time.
Regardless whether the adult adoption is by a stepparent or someone not related by blood or marriage, adult adoptions are normally inexpensive and fast. No home study is required (making adult adoptions much ...