Our Destin Family Law Attorneys Can Help Your Family
Stepparent adoption is a big decision and a complex process. There are unique challenges involved with the process, and the legal aid of a family law attorney can help ensure the adoption is completed correctly.
At The Virga Law Firm, we know that sometimes parents can face opposition from the child’s other biological parent during the stepparent adoption process. Our experienced, dedicated attorneys can help mitigate these conflicts. It is our goal to guide you through the adoption process while protecting your children from any possible difficulties that arise.
If you’re considering stepparent adoption and would like more information about the process, call our office at (800) 822-5170.
The Process of Stepparent Adoption
Florida law details a specific process in stepparent adoption that involves the other biological parent as well as those who are petitioning for adoption. Once a stepparent has determined that they are eligible to adopt the child (either through consent of the other parent or by the court determining it to be in the child’s best interest), the adoption process can begin. There are two main components to this process. They are:
- Termination of Parental Rights: For a stepparent to adopt their spouse’s child, the other biological parent must give up their parental rights. An exception to this would be if a parent has not established paternity of the child or has been in prison for a significant amount of time and is considered unfit to parent. If the biological parent has abandoned the child, i.e. they have made no initiation for contact or support in the past 12 months or more, you can seek to prove they have abandoned the child, thus terminating their rights.
- Notifying the Court: This involves filing a petition for adoption using the Family Law Form 12.981 (b)(1) and providing any documentation pertaining to the adoption, including the children’s birth certificates, judgements terminating parental rights of the opposing party and any interviews held with the child. After the court has been notified, the biological parent can oppose the petition. If there is no contest, the adoption will be legal within approximately two months.
Destin Stepparent Adoption Lawyers
Our team of Destin family law attorneys understands how exciting and stressful the stepparent adoption process can be. We know this is a big step in the transition of your family structure and we want to help you move through the process as smoothly as possible. By discussing any possible conflicts or road-blocks during your consultation, we can work to find solutions and protect your child(ren) in the process. Adopting your stepchild shows how much you value your family, and we want to honor that value by standing by your side along the way.
Our team is available 24/7 to discuss your legal needs. Contact us today at (800) 822-5170.