Genie Miller Gillespie, Attorney at Law
Legal Help Before, During, and After Adoption in Illinois

Chicago Stepparent Adoption Lawyer

Attorney Genie Miller Gillespie — Assisting With Stepparent and Relative Adoptions

I am Chicago adoption attorney Genie Gillespie, and I help clients pursue both stepparent adoptions and relative adoptions. To learn more about your options for adopting your spouse's child or a family member, contact my Illinois law firm to schedule a free initial consultation.

Step Parent

Stepparent Adoptions

In order for a stepparent to adopt the biological child of his or her spouse, the parental rights of the other biological parent must be terminated. In Illinois, there are several grounds for the termination of parental rights, including abandonment, desertion, failing to make reasonable efforts to be part of the child's life, and more.

If you are a looking to pursue a stepparent adoption, I can help you ensure that the proper legal steps are taken and that all legal requirements are met. If the biological parent cannot be located, or if he or she objects to the stepparent adoption, I can help you explore your legal options.

Related Adoptions

Often, a family member has assumed a caregiving role over a child when one or both parents are absent. However, grandparents and other family members have limited rights in regard to education, health care, and other areas of importance. Pursuing an adoption can help these individuals seek legal rights as a caregiver. I help aunts, uncles, grandparents, and other relatives pursue adopting a family member.

Same-Sex Parent / Co-Parent/Stepparent/Related

Same-sex couples wishing to adopt a partner's child can do so in the same manner as a step-parent adoption. It is important to legalize the parental relationship in order to give the non-birth parent the authority to make legal decisions for the child and to represent the child's interests in school and medical settings.

Contact Me For a Free Consultation

If you are considering the adoption of a stepchild or family member, contact Link to Contact Us my downtown Chicago-based law firm to schedule a free initial consultation. My fees are reasonable, and I offer payment plans and a sliding fee scale. My office is centrally located in downtown Chicago, in the loop, near all public transportation.