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Maria Caroline Engfelt

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If you have remarried and your spouse would like to adopt your child this can be done under certain circumstances and is called a Stepparent Adoption. Ms. Engfelt is experienced in these matters and enjoys this aspect of her practice very much.

Adoption is a process that creates a legal parent-child status between parties who do not have a biological parent-child relationship. Once an adoption is finalized, the adoptive parents and children have the same rights and obligations as legal or biological parents and children

(Family Code 8616).

In a stepparent adoption, one biological parent retains parental rights, but the parent-child relationship is severed with the other parent (Family Code 8548).  After this relationship is severed, the biological parent loses all rights to and responsibility for the child (Family Code 8617). The adopting parent acquires these rights and responsibilities.  Stepparent adoption is a permanent transfer of parental rights and responsibilities.

Ms. Engfelt has represented numerous clients in these matters and can provide you with her expertise in this process.  

Please contact the Law Office of Maria Caroline Engfelt today to schedule a free consultation.

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Located in Walnut Creek, California, the Law Office of Maria Caroline Engfelt represents clients throughout the East Bay and the San Francisco Bay Area, including Concord, Pleasant Hill, Lafayette, Orinda, Danville, Berkeley, Martinez, Pittsburg, Antioch, Orinda, Vallejo, Piedmont, Hayward, Union City, San Leandro, San Ramon, Oakland, Pleasanton, Brentwood, Oakley, Dublin, and Bay Point. Our representation spans Contra Costa County and Alameda County.

Law Office of Maria Caroline Engfelt

961 Ygnacio Valley Road, Walnut Creek, CA 94596

Tel: (925) 262-8432

Fax: (925) 262-8428