At Azemika & Azemika, we assist our clients with step-parent, independent, or adult adoptions. Adoption work allows us to give families a fresh start by bringing people together, as opposed to many family law matters that often end with separations and breakdown of family.
Our family law firm works with parents in Bakersfield and through Kern county. With over 42 years of collective experience, we offer our clients the care and attention to detail each adoption deserves. We can help you understand your options and rights regarding adoption and parental rights.
Termination of Parental Rights (Abandonment)
When a child is adopted, the child’s biological parents must either give consent, or their rights must be terminated by court order.
Becoming a parent is always an exciting new phase that comes with many new rights and responsibilities. We can advise you on all the aspects of a step-parent, independent, and adult adoption, in many adoption scenarios, so you can start off parenthood with a step in the right direction on firm legal ground.
Contact An Experienced Kern County Adoption Attorney
For comprehensive representation in any Adoption matter, call Azemika & Azemika. We will fight for and protect you and your family during the separation and divorce process. Contact us today online or by phone 661-322-8166 to arrange an initial consultation with our attorneys.
FAQs About Adoption
First, you or your spouse must be a resident of California for at least six months, and be a resident of the county you’re filing in three months in the county you’re filing in, before filing a dissolution of marriage. Once you file for divorce and serve the divorce petition to your spouse, you will have to wait about six months for your divorce to finalize.
Any property that qualifies as community property will be divided between both parties. However, any property that a spouse acquired before marriage or domestic partnership is considered separate property, and legally belongs to that spouse. Sometimes, these two can become intertwined, or commingled. With acute attention to detail, our divorce attorneys can help you sort out and protect your financial assets.
There are a variety of factors that the court must take in before deciding if spousal support should be awarded. Some factors include a spouse’s earning capacity, spouse’s standard of living established during marriage, age and health of the spouse, and whether there are children to support as well. A qualified attorney can help answer these questions for you in-depth and protect your interests.
In custody cases, the court does not let the child choose whom he or she lives with. The court may take the child’s wishes into consideration if the child is “of sufficient age and capacity to reason.” If willing, children aged 14 and older may express their opinions concerning child custody, but the court is not required to follow their wishes.
NEWS RELATED TO ADOPTION
The bond between a step-parent and step-child can become even stronger than that of the noncustodial parent. If the noncustodial parent is absent or has