Step-Parent Adoption in Gwinnett County and the Metro Atlanta Area

Posted by Doug Lewis | Oct 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Step-Parent Adoption in Gwinnett County and the Metro Atlanta Area


Gwinnett County step-parent adoption cases have moved faster through the adoption process since the new Georgia adoption law went into effect.  The new law was passed in 2018 and had not been updated since 1990.  There are new forms and requirements under the new law for all types of adoptions including step-parent adoptions.

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Gwinnett County Step-Parent Adoption

If you want to adopt your spouse's child and the child's other parent agrees to the adoption then a number of documents will need to be prepared and filed including the petition for adoption, verification form, surrender of parental rights form, acknowledgment of surrender of rights, parental consent form, Mother's affidavit, petitioner's representative affidavit, and the birth family background Information for Child form (known as Form 419).  Since you will be the petitioner you will need to go through a fingerprinting process and criminal background check.  The judge may also appoint a home study agent under certain circumstances. 

Gwinnett County Superior Court handles adoption petitions that are filed in Gwinnett County.  The Gwinnett County Superior Court clerk's office has an adoption clerk that is responsible for processing the filing of all new Gwinnett County adoption cases.    

If you are interested in filing a step-parent adoption action in Gwinnett County or in any other metro-Atlanta area county then please do not hesitate to contact me.

If you live in Gwinnett County or in the Metro-Atlanta area and are interested in filing a step-parent adoption case then please contact Douglas W. Lewis by filling out and submitting the request form found on this page, or by calling our office at 770-682-3765 for a free initial phone consultation.  Our office is located at 154 Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.  Client reviews can be found on Mr. Lewis' Google pageAvvo page, and on his website.

Doug Lewis is a Lawrenceville-based Family Law attorney who for over twenty years has handled cases involving adoption, estate planning, divorce, legitimation, paternity and child custody, name changes, personal injury, criminal defense, juvenile court, and civil litigation matters in the Gwinnett County and Metro-Atlanta area including Barrow, Walton, Jackson, Hall, Forsyth, Dekalb, Cobb and Fulton counties.  

About the Author

Doug Lewis

Doug is an experienced trial lawyer and advocate with a particular emphasis in family law, civil litigation and criminal defense matters.  As a family lawyer, he has represented a wide range of clients in nearly every type of situation, including, complex and simple divorces, custody disputes, contentious move away proceedings, modification of child support and custody cases, contempt actions and restraining/protective order proceedings.


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