Generally in California, a married spouse may legally adopt their partner’s child only with the other biological parent’s consent. Without consent, the adoption can only move forward when the other biological parent’s parental rights are terminated. They can be terminated for a number of reasons, for example, if it can be shown they are an unfit parent, they abandoned the child, or they have failed to support the child. In making the decision to terminate a parent’s parental rights, the court will always focus on what is in the best interest of the child.
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