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Child Adopted by a Step-parent

Posted by attorney Howard Lewis

One important fact to bear in mind, however, would be in the case where the child(ren) has been legally adopted by a third party. The grandparents WILL lose all rights with respect to the child(ren). The rationale behind this would be that since in any adoption process the biological parents voluntarily surrender all legal rights, it is found to be a logical extension that the grandparents lose all rights, too. The one major exception to this rule would be a case where the adoptive parents are actually a step-parent or other relative such as an aunt or uncle. It should be noted, however, that if the child of a grandparent legally adopts a child, the grandparent automatically qualifies for legal rights as well.

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