Can my now wife adopt my three boys, since their mother left them to me and moved to California and has not paid child support or seen them in over a year?
1 Answer from Attorneys
Step-parent adoptions are pretty common and are not all that difficult. Adoption is a two step process. First, the parental rights of the children's mother must be terminated. Next, the step-parent adopts the children. Termination of parental rights can be by agreement or it can be for "cause". There are several reasons set out in the Family Code. Adoptions require a home study and, in some counties, also require an ad litem to represent the children. It seems to me that each county does these a little differently. You should sit down with a family law attorney in your county and talk through the process.