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Second Parent
Can I adopt if I am only a step-parent?
Like all other adoptions, a step parent must obtain the approval of the court to obtain an adoption of a step child. Having rights singed over without an official hearing on the issue will generally not be recognized as a legal adoption. Speak with an attorney to assess whether a relative’s child may be adopted and how.

Can I adopt if I'm a same sex partner?
In Arizona, orientation is considered if an individual wants to adopt. Speak with an attorney at the Law Offices of Zofia Rawner to assess the best way to adopt your child.

Can I adopt if I am not a spouse or partner?
An individual who wants to adopt must obtain approval by the court. Speak with an attorney at the Law Offices of Zofia Rawner to bring the best case forward.

Can I adopt if a biological parent objects?
If a biological parent objects then a hearing is held on the issue and the court determined whether to sever the rights of the objecting parent and give rights to a separate individual.

Can I adopt if I live in a different state than the child?
Generally, yes, but this may mean that you need to complete the adoption within the state where the adoptable person lives. Speak with an attorney at the Law Office of Zofia Rawner about the facts of your case.

Do courts recognize out-of-state adoptions in all cases?
If the adoption complied with the law, then it will be recognized. However, speak with an attorney at the Law Offices of Zofia Rawner to assess whether all laws were properly followed for the adoption to be effective.