This article answers questions about stepparent adoption under West Virginia law. It is only about adoptions when a stepparent wants to adopt the child of his or her spouse. For information about adoption by someone other than a stepparent, read the article on Adoption.
What is stepparent adoption?
Do I need consent from the other birth parent to adopt my stepchild?
What if the other birth parent does not agree to the stepparent adoption?
How long will I have to be married to the birth parent before I can adopt my stepchild?
Will I have to go through any screening to adopt my stepchild?
Will the child have to consent to the adoption?
What are the legal effects of an adoption?
Do I have to pay child support for a child I adopted?
Do I need a lawyer to help with a stepparent adoption?