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Important information about filing an adoption in Delaware.

ADOPTING YOUR STEP CHILD IN DELAWARE: We are committed to helping unite families through stepparent adoption. We understand that some relationships leave a child with an absent parent. Our program allows families to complete their Delaware step parent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney.

Completing a stepparent adoption in Delaware doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. Our goal is to empower families with an affordable means to adopt their stepson or stepdaughter. We back our service with a 100% court acceptance guarantee.

Delaware step parent adoption

Helping the entire State of Delaware in stepparent adoption.

We help families throughout the entire State. Our documents have consistently been praised by the Courts in Delaware and recommended by court clerks.

We help families in every city of Delaware, including: Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown, Smyrna, Milford, Seaford, Georgetown, Elsmere, New Castle, and every other city in Delaware.

Important information about filing an adoption in Delaware.

A stepparent adoption in Delaware can be a fairly simple process, and it can be a wonderful step to take to unit the family unit. When the adoption is completed, the child will have the following benefits:

  • > New name is established (if desired)
  • > New birth certificate
  • > Two legal parents active in the child's life
  • > Ability to inherit from adoptive parent

The child will have a relationship with the adoptive parent that is the same as if the child were born to the stepparent. The child's new birth certificate will show the child's new name and will have the adoptive parent and the natural parent listed as the child's mother and father.

If your matter is complex, a local adoption attorney can answer any legal questions you may have. Review the following fact check which provides a general guideline as to whether you can do your own adoption:

Who can adopt.

  • > Stepmother, or
  • > Stepfather

A stepparent in Delaware can file to adopt his or her step child. The stepparent must be legally married to the child's parent.

In some states, a domestic partnership and same-sex marriages may also adopt under the step parent adoption laws.

Parental Rights

Both the biological father and the biological mother have parental rights to the child. In every adoption, the absent or consenting parents parental rights will have to be terminated.

Some of the common grounds for termination of parental rights are:

  • > Abandonment of the child
  • > Lack of financial support
  • > Sustained lack of contact
  • > Abuse or neglect of minor children
  • > Putative or presumptive father is not the bio-father

Child's consent

In Delaware, if the child is over 12 years of age, the child will be required to sign a consent to the adoption.

Where to file

You will file your step parent adoption documents in the court located in the county where you reside. If you are in the military, you have the option to file in your home-state of record.

We have listed the address for some of the Delaware Courts below.

Delaware Adoption

After you have determined that you want to complete a stepparent adoption, and have familiarized yourself with the adoption process, we can help you make the adoption a reality.

The adoption is fairly simple:

  • > Complete our online questionnaire
  • > Review and sign the adoption forms
  • > Notice the absent parent
  • > Sign all consents
  • > Complete background check (if required)
  • > Complete home-study (if required)
  • > Attend final adoption hearing

We will let you know if a background check or home study is required. We will also let you know if your specific situation can eliminate any steps or whether a step or two will need to be added.

Do it yourself step parent adoption in Delaware

DELAWARE COURT LOCATIONS:

Here is the information for all of the courts in Delaware that handle adoptions. If your region is not listed, we will include the nearest court information with your documents.

Montgomery County Court: 100 South Lawrence Street, Montgomery, AL 36104, (334) 832-4950

Kent County Family Court: 400 Court Street, Dover, DE 19901 Phone: (302) 672-1000

New Castle County Family Court: 500 North King Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 Phone: (302) 255-0300

Sussex County Family Court: 22 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947 Phone: (302) 855-7400

Court filing fees.

The court filing fees for an adoption in Delaware are approximately $200.

Step Parent Adoption in Delaware We help families throughout Delaware complete their stepparent adoptions without the high cost of an adoption attorney. We serve families in Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown, Smyrna, Milford, Seaford, Georgetown, Elsmere, New Castle, and all the other cities in Delaware.

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