Stepparent Adoption & Guardianship

Stepparent Adoption & Guardianship Lawyer

Serving Clients in the East Bay Area

At Mylordos & Harris, Attorneys at Law, LLP, we understand that your family is important to you and that, when it comes time to the complexities of family law issues, you need to work with a talented and experienced legal representative. Our firm is comprised of trustworthy professionals that have more than 40 years of combined experience handling a variety of complex cases, and we may be able to help you as well.

If you are a stepparent who wants to adopt a minor child, or if you are interested in learning more about guardianship laws in the state of California, do not hesitate to contact our Pleasanton family lawyers today! We can help you understand the specific regulations that apply to your situation and the requirements that you will need to fulfill in order to ensure that everything goes smoothly.

Stepparent adoption regulations and requirements in California include:

  • The stepparent looking to adopt the minor child must be at least 18 years old
  • The parent and stepparent must be legally married or be in a legal domestic partnership
  • Any child older than 12 must consent to the adoption

Guardianships in California

While California law provides extensive protection of a parent's right to care for his or her own child, there are unfortunately many situations where that is not possible. At Mylordos & Harris, Attorneys at Law, LLP we represent individuals who are seeking a legal guardianship in order to care for and protect a child. Our experienced Alameda County guardianship lawyers have been helping clients navigate complex family law issues, including guardianship matters, for many years. Our skilled attorneys have the in-depth legal knowledge necessary to successfully advocate on behalf of clients in guardianship proceedings, helping them ensure the child's best interests are met.

Guardianships often occur when parents are unable to care for a child for one of the following reasons:

  • They have passed away.
  • They are unfit to care for the child because of mental illness or substance abuse.
  • They have had their parenting rights terminated for abuse or negligence.
  • They are traveling or serving in the military and unable to take the child.
  • The child has special needs they are unable to meet.

At Mylordos & Harris, Attorneys at Law, LLP, we are dedicated to providing personalized, attentive service to all of our clients. We walk them through each stage of the proceedings and answer all of their questions, tailoring our representation to their unique needs. Our personalized and creative problem-solving approach to law enables us to help clients find viable, effective solutions that work for their family.

Of course, no two situations are ever the same, and in order to ensure that you receive the best possible resolution for your stepparent adoption or guardianship case, it is essential that you retain the representation of our team as soon as possible.