Some Louisiana families are very different than the stereotypical mother, father and children. Divorces, remarriages and other circumstances can place individuals in the same household who have no legal relationship. Stepparents are related to a spouse but have no rights concerning the spouse's children.
Baton Rouge individuals and couples who want to adopt can benefit by learning all they can before committing time and energy to the process. A blog can't provide all the answers, but an overview may help you prepare questions to ask an attorney. Let's narrow the field to stepparent adoptions, the most common type of all adoptions.
Remarriage often creates a blended family. A parent's children from a previous relationship may share a Baton Rouge home with new brothers and sisters. Some remarried Louisiana parents want to take a "child by marriage" relationship to a more binding legal level -- a stepparent adoption.
Parents across Louisiana and the nation can attest to the fact that parenting in general isn't easy. Neither is adoption.