Florida Step-Parent Adoption Attorneys
MAKING THE PARENTING RELATIONSHIP PERMANENT?
Chad Barr Law Can Help
The bond between a parent and their child is undeniable. Even if that child isn’t biologically yours, it doesn’t mean that bond is any less.
Being a parent is a difficult, yet rewarding experience. The memories you make with a child will be with them and help them grow into adults, and even one day parents themselves.
It is amazing when stepparents choose to legally adopt the children in their families. While these adoptions are generally straightforward, there are certain steps that need to be taken to ensure the process is smooth.
Requirements of a Stepparent Adoption in Florida are:
- You must be able to financially and morally support the child.
- You must file a petition for adoption along with your spouse.
- This petition must include:
- The child’s birthdate
- Place of birth
- Child’s new name, if it’s being changed
- A statement of how long the stepparent has lived with the child
- The reasons the child is being adopted
- This petition must include:
- If applicable, the biological parent must consent to the adoption.
- If this is not possible, the reason for the biological parent’s inability to consent must be stated.
- Proof of Florida residency.
Filing a petition will start the adoption process. If the biological parent chooses to object to the adoption, this is the time for them to do so. If the absent parent agrees to the adoption or isn’t available to object, then the courts will finalize the paperwork and a new birth certificate will be issued with the child’s new name and parents.
The absent parent’s right will not need to be terminated before the adoption. The court will terminate their rights through a final judgment during the adoption process.
If the absent parent objects to the adoption, there will be additional steps and appeals made through the courts. This can extend the process, but it does not mean that your adoption won’t happen. We can help you through this process if it becomes necessary to do so.
Is there a need to hire an attorney for my legal matter?
Not all Family matters should require the assistance of an attorney. However, if you’re here asking, then there is a good chance you’ve reached the point where having a lawyer assist you is necessary.
You can always contact one of our family law attorneys for a free consultation. We can help you make the determination on whether legal representation is necessary. With our years of experience, and passion for this field of work, we can help you reach the conclusion you and your family deserve. Call Chad Barr Law today at 407-599-9036.
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