After the stepparent adoption is complete, both of the names of the same-sex couple will be listed as parents. However, these third parties must generally still terminate all legal rights they have to the child. The failure of the other spouse to join in the petition or to consent to the adoption is excused by the court for good cause shown or in the best interest of the child. But when they couldn't find anyone else to replace him on the witness stand, Attorney General Bill McCollum overruled his trial attorneys, quickly hired Rekers, and paid him twice his agreed upon contract with no questions asked, according to documents released this week by McCollum's office. Weinberg So. Gender identities Sexual identities Sexual diversities.
Other states or countries may not recognize a birth certificate alone as granting legal parentage to the non-biological mother without a stepparent adoption.
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