Florida Adoption Attorneys for LGBT Couples
Adoption Lawyers in Pensacola, Orlando, Panama City & Fort Walton Beach – Call (800) 822-5170 Today!
In Florida, same-sex couples have long faced discrimination and difficulty in the realm of family law. Previously, LGBT couples were banned from adoption children. The Florida Court of Appeals declared these laws to be unconstitutional. In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriages should be legal across the nation. While there has been great progress in gaining full rights and equality for LGBT individuals, the laws and policies are constantly being restructured and reevaluated, making this area of the law quite challenging.
At The Virga Law Firm, P.A., our team is dedicated to helping LGBT couples fulfill their dreams of parenthood. Our Florida LGBT adoption lawyers are here to offer comprehensive guidance and counsel to help you navigate the complex adoption process.
Let us help you understand your right to adopt as an same-sex couple – call (800) 822-5170.
The Adoption Process for LGBT Couples
There are three types of adoptions available to LGBT couples. These adoptions are:
- Joint adoption by a married couple. In Florida, only married same-sex couples are permitted to file for a joint adoption.
- Single adoption by an LGBT parent. If a same-sex couple isn’t married, or an LGBT individual wishes to be a single parent, they are permitted to adopt a child through a private agency or the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). If they go through the DCF, they will need to take classes, go to interviews, answer questionnaires, and schedule a home visit. A private agency is less meticulous in their process, but are frequently more expensive.
- Second parent adoption. An LGBT individual with a child can arrange for a second-parent adoption for their same-sex spouse.
Our Experienced Team is on Your Side – (800) 822-5170
Due to the frequently changing laws and regulations, LGBT adoptions can be an enormous challenge. Our Florida adoption attorneys are well-versed in the unique complexities of LGBT adoptions. We take pride in serving the LGBT community throughout Florida, including Orlando, Pensacola, Panama City, and Fort Walton Beach. We are available to our clients 24/7, so give us a call today!
Contact our firm to schedule your confidential consultation with an adoption attorney.