It is not unusual following a divorce for one parent to end contact with the children and/or for the other parent to create a new family through remarriage. Through the step-parent adoption process, the new family will want to legally establish new bonds between the children and the new spouse and remove or limit the potential influence of the absent parent. The presenter walks us through a step-parent adoption from the initial meeting with the clients. He discusses timing considerations, the filing of the Petition, the termination of parent rights, and trial suggestions. He also identifie helpful statutes and cases. Materials provided.