ADOPTION IN QUEENSLAND
ALTERNATIVES TO STEP-PARENT ADOPTION

 

Alternatives to Step-Parent Adoption explained

 

Adoption is only one of the ways a step-parent can acquire parental responsibilities and rights towards a step-child. 

Adoption is not the only way a step-parent can obtain parental responsibility for their step-child.

A step family relationship can be formalised without adoption having to occur. 

There are a few options available to a step-parent other than actually adopting the step-child.

Other options include:

  • The step-parent obtaining a Parenting Order from the Court in relation to the step-child;
  • Changing the step-child’s Surname
  • Inheritance Rights for the step-child being specified in the step-parent's Will.

Sometimes it is not appropriate for a step-child to be adopted. It can also be difficult for a step-parent to obtain an adoption order for their step-child. In those circumstances the step-parent can formalise their relationship with their step-child by using one or more of these alternate options.

 

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Michelle Beatty
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