Personalized and Professional Support to Unite Your Family in Osceola, Orange, Lake, and Seminole Counties
Adoption is an exciting step in any family’s life, and Benjamin Law is committed to helping clients unite their families. While you focus on preparing your family, our firm will handle the legal side for you. We will provide you the professional guidance you need to navigate every step of the adoption process, and we will take a personalized approach to crafting your unique method for adoption. We aim to connect deeply with our clients as we maintain a personal attorney-client relationship, and we will also communicate transparently with you as we tell you everything you need to know in your best interests. Take the first step towards your adoption case by putting Benjamin Law on your side.
Who Can Adopt in Florida?
In Florida, any adult is legally allowed to adopt. Unmarried adults can petition to adopt on their own, and married adults must petition together with their spouses. Note that children 12 years and older must provide consent to the adoption.
Stepparent adoption is a special type of adoption that has its own unique process. In particular, stepparent adoption requires that the child’s other biological parent terminate their parental rights. This termination may be either voluntary or involuntary. In the voluntary case, the other parent likely has little relationship with the child or has other reasons for consenting to the adoption. They simply need to sign a consent form terminating their parental rights (which cuts off the parent-child ties between them), and the child is then eligible to be adopted by the petitioning stepparent.
If the other parent does not consent to the termination of their rights, the petitioning stepparent may take the case to court and seek an order to involuntarily terminate the other parent’s rights. Note that this is an important and consequential matter to the court, so they will only terminate the other parent’s rights if the petitioning stepparent shows compelling grounds to do so. For example, one acceptable reason for involuntary termination is if the other biological parent abandoned their child or otherwise refrained from contacting, supporting, or maintaining a relationship with their child for at least 12 months.
Stepparent adoption can be a legally nuanced process, and it is advisable to consult an attorney to navigate this process, especially as it entails possibly going to court. The termination of parental rights is a crucial step that an experienced lawyer can handle carefully.
If you are a prospective parent looking to adopt in Florida, do not hesitate to contact Benjamin Law for legal support. Contact us online or at (407) 410-3850 for legal advice in your adoption process.
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