Office Hours: Mon - Fri: Drop box filings are open 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM daily. Documents deposited in the drop box between the hours of 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM are deemed to have been deposited for filing on that day. If your documents are deposited after 4:00PM, they are deemed to have been deposited for filing on the next open court day. All other filings are by appointment only. To schedule an appointment visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call the above contact number.
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The length of time depends upon the Petitioner(s). The Petitioner(s) will be required to submit several documents, including certified copies of both birth certificates, a marriage certificate, prior divorce decrees, employment verifications, letters of reference and consents, etc.. A home study and recommendation will also need to be prepared by the Court Investigators or Department of Social Services, depending upon which type of adoption proceeding you file. The parental rights of one biological parent may need to be terminated. An adoption can take anywhere from approximately six months to a year to complete.
It is possible to represent yourself in adoption proceedings. Many prospective parents represent themselves in their adoption cases. However, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney as to the proper forms to file and procedures to follow throughout your case. It is also helpful to visit your local law library for more information.
A stepparent adoption is where a person adopts his or her spouse’s or registered domestic partner’s child. You can access the forms under the Stepparent Adoption area on our webpage.
If you are not married to or in a registered domestic partnership with the child’s legal parent, you cannot do a stepparent adoption. You might want to talk to a lawyer to see what other options you have.