Adopting a stepchild in California can be a relatively easy process. If there’s one really challenging aspect to stepparent adoption, it’s most likely going to be obtaining consent from the absent parent. You might be nervous about contacting your child’s absent parent. Maybe you haven’t seen that parent in years and are afraid of the response you might get. Maybe you’re certain the absent parent will refuse to consent. All of the fears are common and understandable, and the main reason why you should consider working with an attorney to process your stepparent adoption. When you work with us, you won’t have to deal with the absent parent. We will do this for you. Our offices are experts in working with absent parents, many times obtaining consent from the most ardent refusals. In the alternative, we always explore the real possibility of getting a court order to terminate the absent parent’s rights so your stepparent adoption can go forward. We would be happy to talk with you about your situation and how we might help. Call our offices for a 15-minute complementary consultation. And visit our Stepparent Adoption page for more information and FAQs.