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a-helping-hand-2-1439048By: Janette Jordan

This blog post will focus primarily on C.R.S. 19-5-105(3.1) which lays out the ways in which the court may find grounds for the termination of parental rights of a parent and a minor child.  If you are remarried and find yourself considering a step-parent adoption, it is important to be familiar with the ways in which your new spouse could legally adopt your minor child(ren).  In an adoption case, it is possible to seek for a step-parent adoption by first terminating the parental rights of the other parent.  Termination occurs when the court severs the legal relationship between a parent and their child.  Relinquishment occurs when one parent voluntarily gives up their legal relationship between themself and their child.  

Pursuant to C.R.S. 19-5-105(3.1), the court may terminate a birth parent’s parental rights when it finds that (1) it is in the best interests of the child; and (2) there is clear and convincing evidence of one of the following: Continue reading

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hand-in-hand-1428232-300x211By: Janette Jordan

Congratulations, you have your final adoption hearing scheduled.  To get to this point, you have had to comply with the Colorado Revised Statute 19-5-202 and 203. These statutes provide the basis for who can adopt and who can be adopted. In addition to the Adoption paperwork, proposed orders, and filings, you will have completed your home study, submitted your Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) background checks, and completed your Department of Human Services TRIALS background check.

You may be nervous about what to expect at the final adoption hearing. Presuming that your case is uncontested, meaning no one is challenging your adoption of the minor child, the process is relatively smooth and often cause for celebration. The courts look forward to a non-contested adoption because it is a rare opportunity for them to be a part of solidifying a family unit. Remember, they are faced with nasty divorces, parenting time disputes, and allegations of abuse and misconduct day in and day out. Your case is what they are looking forward to on their docket that day in terms of something positive and good to focus on.