There are two kinds of adoption under B.C. law: adopting a child who is born to a third party (a “stranger adoption”) and adopting a child born to your partner (a “stepparent” adoption).
If you and your (same or opposite sex) partner have a child who is genetically related to only one of you, the non-biological parent does not have does not have all the legal rights that the biological parent has. That’s true even if both parents’ names are on the child’s birth certificate, and even if you and your partner are married. A stepparent adoption ensures that both partners are equal legal parents of their child.
Stepparent adoptions cannot be done till a child is six months old. If you want an order confirming your legal parentage before that time, we can apply to court for a “declaration of parentage” immediately after the child is born.
Making it easier
Call us for an appointment. We will send you an information sheet to complete. It will help you organize your thoughts and give us the information we need to prepare an adoption or declaration of parentage for you.
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