You have decided to marry the love of your life—but the marriage has blessed you with more than just your new spouse: you may already be a parental figure to your significant other’s children. Now, you’re ready to make your parental relationship official through adoption.

Or perhaps you’ve always wanted to adopt a child—even if you haven’t met him or her before—and are ready to take the first step to make it happen.

No matter which scenario applies to you, if you’re ready to adopt a child in San Diego, you don’t have to navigate this process alone. At the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil, I can show you how to achieve your adoption dreams in the quickest and most efficient manner possible.

Why Adoption?

If you are a stepparent, you can have a major influence on your stepchild’s life. But without an adoption, you lack the legal power to make decisions as well as the rights that legal parents have. With stepparent adoption, all of the obligations and rights of parenthood will be conferred upon you.

In the same way, if you decide to adopt a child you’ve never met, you’ll have the power to make decisions on the child’s behalf, to his or her benefit. And by giving the child a permanent home that is loving and safe, you’ll be giving him or her one of the best gifts a child could receive.

How to Adopt a Child in San Diego

You must meet multiple requirements to adopt a child inside California. For instance, as a general rule of thumb, you must be a decade older than the individual you’re adopting. In addition, you need to complete a criminal background check as well as undergo a home study.

At the Law Office of Michael C. MacNeil, I can provide you with the legal advice, assistance, and representation you need to satisfactorily fulfill the San Diego and state requirements for child adoption. Get a free consultation with me to learn more about how I make sure your legal status reflects your emotional connection your future son or daughter.