Because not every reader will see all of the many comments and responses to comments, I want to call your attention to a very wonderful comment on a step-parent adoption blog post. In this comment, Nate explains the difficulties and the success his family experienced in terminating the parental rights of the biological father so the adoption could take place.
As many of you know, if the biological parent won't agree to the adoption, then the other parent must prove that the parent whose rights are sought to be terminated (a) did not have "regular and substantial contact" during the two years immediately preceding the filing of the petition for adoption and (b) did not have a "regular and substantial support relationship with the child" during the two years immediately preceding the filing of the petition for adoption. Parents pursuing a step-parent adoption feel caught in a dilemma where there is some sporadic contact and/or support.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: November 7, 2013
To read other posts about step-parent adoptions, especially a 2013 post about a serious challenge to the lagality of these adoption that will be resolved by the Michigan Supreme Court, see the following posts:
In the Matter of AJR, a very important case that will determine the future of step-parent adoptions [See Post here]Access all step-parent adoption posts here.
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