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adoption-stepparent-family-childIf you are a parent, you should always want what is best for your child, even it means making certain sacrifices. The law also provides you with particular rights and responsibilities in regard to your child. In the wake of a divorce, exercising your parental rights may be especially difficult if the other parent is given the majority of the parenting time and most of the authority for decision-making. When your ex-spouse gets remarried, the challenges may become even greater, particularly if his or her new spouse expresses the desire to legally adopt your child.

A Stepparent Adoption Requires Your Consent

In most situations, your ex-spouse’s new husband or wife cannot adopt your child unless you voluntarily consent to the adoption. If you agree to the adoption, you also agree to the termination of your parental rights and responsibilities regarding your child. According to Illinois law, a person may have only two legal parents. As such, a stepparent adoption is more than a formality; it creates a legal parent-child relationship between the stepparent and your child, giving the stepparent all of the authority and responsibilities that were once yours.

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safe haven, Kane County family law attorneyEvery year, thousands, if not millions, of individuals and couples are forced to deal with unexpected pregnancies. While many choose to rearrange their lives to prepare to take on the challenges of raising the child, others, for a wide variety of reasons, are not able to do so. Throughout Illinois, there are many options for would-be parents to deal with an unexpected pregnancy, including agency-based or private adoption. The process of adoption, however, can seem overwhelming, especially for young parents, and fear of the unknown, sadly, may lead to tragic decision-making. Such was the case, it seems, for a 20-year-old college student last month, who could possibly have been helped if she had known about and utilized the state’s safe haven law.

Young Woman Facing Murder Charges

News outlets are reporting that a 20-year-old student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been charged with first-degree murder, concealment of a homicide, and child endangerment. Authorities at the school and Champaign County prosecutors believe that the woman gave birth in a dorm bathroom then suffocated the infant. The woman was found later that day with the deceased baby in a backpack she was carrying. She now faces up to 75 in prison if she is convicted.

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