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Georgia Adoption – Information you should know.

We know how important is it for you to do the research on filing your Georgia adoption online. Our highly experienced staff will help you through the process. Please review the information below to educate yourself on filing a stepparent adoption in Georgia, and then our staff will help you with any questions.


In Georgia, the person filing for the stepparent adoption is referred to as the “Petitioner” and the absent parent is referred to as the “Defendant”. The petitioning stepparent will file the legal adoption documents that we prepare for you with the court. This will start the adoption process. An uncontested adoption means that the other parent is not going to file additional documents with the court objecting to the adoption.


Most of the stepparent adoptions we do for customers have one of the following circumstances:


  • The absent natural parent is deceased.
  • The absent parent has abandoned the child or children, by failing to maintain a meaningful relationship with the child(ren), and failing to provide financial support for the child(ren). In many situations, the absent parent’s whereabouts are unknown.
  • The absent parent believes that the adoption is in the child’s best interest, and agrees to sign a consent to the adoption.


Please note that if the other parent has regular contact with the child and pays child support, you will not be able to complete a stepparent adoption in Georgia unless the other parent is willing to sign a consent to the adoption.


Where will you file your stepparent adoption documents?

The adoption documents are filed with the Superior Court in the county in which you reside. When the stepparent adoption is finalized by the Court, your adopted child will receive a new birth certificate, showing the new parent listed on the birth certificate, and also showing the child’s new name.


Prior to filing your Petition for Adoption with the Superior Court in your county, you must have been a bona fide resident of the state of Georgia for six months prior to the filing of the petition, which residency must be stated in the petition and proved at the final hearing (Drivers License, etc.). If both parties currently reside in the state, then there is no time period required.


Grounds for the termination of parental rights.

The grounds which typically justify the termination of parental rights in a stepparent adoption involve abandonment, failure to support the child, imprisonment, certain abuse, and other grounds. The grounds for the termination of parental rights is different for each state, but all states accept the grounds of abandonment and lack of support, and some states include other grounds.


It is recommended that you make a diligent effort to obtain the written consent of the absent parent when doing a stepparent adoption. If you are unable to get the consent, either because the whereabouts of the other parent is unknown, or the other parent is disinterested, then that parent’s consent is not required. In Georgia, the absent parent has given implied consent to adoption or relinquishment pursuant to Code Section 19-8-13, as long as one of the following grounds have been met:


  • The absent parent has abandoned the child, failing to communicate or make a bona fide attempt to communicate with the child in a meaningful and parental manner, for a period of at least one (1) year.
  • The absent parent has failed to support the child as required by law or court order, and the court is of the opinion that the adoption in or the best interest of the child.

It is not required to terminate parental rights of a parent who is deceased.


Visitation by grandparents or the absent parent.

Most states do not have any provisions for the visitation rights of the parent losing parental rights, or the grandparents associated with that parent. The State of Georgia will recognize agreements for visitation by the parent losing their parental rights, but this is typically up to the discretion of the adopting parents.


Georgia Superior Court: Address of some GA courts.

Our documents are for the entire State of Georgia . If your county court is not listed below, then we will provided the court information in your document package. You must file the adoption documents in the Superior Court in the county in which you are filing. Some court addresses for larger counties are as follows:


Fulton County Superior Court: 136 Pryor Street S.W. Atlanta, Georgia 30303 Phone: (404) 730-4518


Chatham County Superior Court: G133 Montgomery St., Savannah, GA 31401 Phone: (912) 652-7201


Richmond County Superior Court:530 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30911 Phone: (706) 821-1837


Muscogee County Superior Court:3100 Tenth St., Columbus, GA 31902-1340 Phone: (706) 653-4370


Cobb County Superior Court:32 Waddell Street, Marietta, GA 30090 Phone: (770) 528-1300


Clarke County Superior Court:325 E. Washington St, Athens, GA 30601 Phone: (706) 613-3190


Richmond County Superior Court:530 Greene St., Augusta, GA 30911 Phone: 706-821-1837


Dougherty County Superior Court:PO Box 1827, Albany, GA 31702-1827 Phone: (229) 431-2198


Court filing fees.

The court filing fees for an adoption in Georgia are approximately $80.


Serving the absent parent.

In many stepparent adoptions, the absent parent may be willing to sign a consent form which consents to the termination of their parental rights and consents to the adoption. If the absent parent is willing to sign a consent, this will make the process a little easier because the court will know from the beginning that all parties agree to the stepparent adoption. Many of our adoption customers don’t know the whereabouts of the other parent, or the other parent has such a disinterest that he/she just won’t sign any documents. In this situation, you will file the adoption documents and then serve the absent parent by one of the following options:


1. Whereabouts of the other parent are UNKNOWN: If you are unable to locate the absent parent after a diligent search, then you can serve the parent by publication. This means that a notice is published in a local legal publication. Typically the publication is once a week for 4 weeks. The publication fee for the newspaper averages around $85, but varies depending on where you live. Upon the filing of the Affidavit, the clerk shall direct that service of notice be made by publication in a newspaper of general circulation in the county in which the complaint is filed. We provide all the required documents for service by publication.


2.The parent just won’t sign, but grounds exist for the adoption: If you know the whereabouts of the other parent, but that parent won’t sign due to disinterest, you can have that parent served by the Sheriff’s department or a private process server. This can be done even if the other parent is incarcerated in jail or a federal prison.


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