Stepparent adoptions make the parent-child relationships that already exist between stepparents and their stepchildren a legal reality. For many couples this is an important emotional and symbolic representation of their united family. It also plays a critical role in protecting families’ futures. Without a stepparent adoption, if the biological parent of a child dies or is incapacitated, the non-related parent—even one who has been raising the child from birth—may not have the legal right to parent and make decisions for the child.
Bouneff, Chally & Koh handles all kinds of stepparent adoptions, including those where the other biological parent is absent, deceased, or is contesting the adoption. Whether you have recently merged families or have been parenting with your partner for years, a stepparent adoption will give you peace of mind that your family’s future is secure.
Who will be helping you: John Chally has been practicing adoption law for over 35 years and is one of the leading adoption law litigators in Oregon. Tabitha Koh has practiced adoption law with Bouneff, Chally & Koh since 2009. As a lesbian woman with a wife and new baby, she provides compassionate and understanding legal care for families of all kinds. Together John and Tabitha handle over 150 adoption cases annually.