Step Parent Adoption

Ms. Keenan-Rivero is available to assist families with step-parent adoptions. Even when the adoption is not contested, procedures can be cumbersome, and an investigation will be conducted. Attorney Keenan-Rivero enjoys working with blended families and will guide your family through the process to ensure this is a smooth process and a joyous occasion.


There are times when a child’s biological parents are not able to fulfill the responsibilities of parenting. The court can appoint a relative or family friend to be the guardian and step in to assume parental responsibilities. The biological parents will maintain their rights, and if/when they are able to resume their parenting responsibilities the courts can end the guardianship. Ms. Keenan-Rivero’s commitment to family law derives from ensuring children are cared for. She is very familiar with the guardianship process and will assist your family through the process.

Attorney Marla Keenan-Rivero is certified by the California State Bar as a Family Law Specialist. She handles step-parent adoption and guardianship in all of Sonoma, Marin, and Napa County including, Santa Rosa, Petaluma, Windsor, Rohnert Park, and Sonoma.

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