Do Step-Parents Have Parental Rights?
Today I want to talk a little bit about what kind of rights stepparents might have.
The first thing I think I want to start this with is to let you know that just because you marry someone with children does not mean that you gain any legal rights to the child immediately upon that marriage.
Although it is admirable that a stepparent wishes to take the role of a parent, it is important to remember that the stepparent is not equal to the biological parents, and no matter how involved or uninvolved one of the parents might be with the children, the stepparent’s role is always that of a second-class parent in that situation.
The only way that you can have legal rights to the child is through legal adoption. In that sense, then you become the legal guardian, the legal adoptive parent, and you have the same rights as a parent to that child. That then will give you the legal rights to make decisions for the child’s wellbeing, such as making decisions for education or religion or things like that, but until the child has been adopted, please remember, stepparents, do not have any rights to the children and remember to honor and not go against the biological parent’s wishes.
I hope this has served to explain this a little bit better. I do know that there have been some situations, now with more divorces, where there have been blended families and we have a lot more stepparents involved with children.
If you have questions about this, like I said, please, don’t hesitate, go to vegasdivorcemeeting.com. I’ll be more than happy to sit down with you to discuss this further.
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