California adoption attorney, Randall Hicks.

Hi, I'm Randy Hicks . . .

I limit my practice to adoption, and have done so for 32 years. My goal is to make stepparent adoptions fast (only 3 months start to finish), affordable and worry-free.

SPECIAL NOTICE: Randy does his consultations (approximately 30 minutes and free) by phone. There is no need to leave your home, so no coronavirus worries. To schedule your free consultation, complete the Stepparent Adoption Questionnaire.

Home of the $1,500 Flat Fee . . .

I understand you want to know in advance what your stepparent adoption will cost, so I have a flat fee of $1,500 for uncontested stepparent adoptions (& adult adoptions).


  • 4025 Camino Del Rio S., Suite 300 • San Diego, CA 92108 • 619-542-7715
  • 11801 Pierce Street, Suite 200 • Riverside, CA 92505 • 951-787-8300
  • 2030 Main Street, Suite 1300 • Irvine, CA 92614 • 949-260-4705

Or, just stay home and do a phone or Skype consultation with Randy.

Randy has written several adoption books, featured on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, Sally Jesse Raphael and PBS. His new step parenting book is an Amazon bestseller in the "step parenting books" category. Click on the cover below to see it on Amazon. To learn about other helpful stepparent books visit

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It's easy to get started…

STEP ONE: Read Randy's summary of stepparent laws and procedures for your county: San Diego, Riverside, Orange, San Bernardino or Los Angeles. You are welcome to call Randy to get acquainted and he will be happy to answer a question or two. For a full consultation, however (about 30 minutes), you need to first fill out a short questionnaire, which gives him the needed details about your case to fully advise you. There is no charge for this consultation.

STEP TWO: After your consultation, if you elect to go forward, Randy will email you his short and simple retainer. Unless your case has a non-consenting absent parent, or other special legal challenge, it will specify the flat fee of $1,500 (which includes the filing fee and all costs - so is all inclusive).

STEP THREE: Upon receiving your retainer, within 1-2 business days Randy will have the Adoption Request  and required attachments prepared and emailed to you to sign and return to him, at which time he will file it with the court and the process begins. He will continue to work with you until he appears with you in court to finalize the adoption, usually about 12-15 weeks later.