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Wanting to adopt a stepchild is quite common, especially in cases where
one spouse remarries and their new spouse wishes to adopt their stepchild.
While you are not required to retain an attorney for adopting a stepchild,
since the laws in Florida regarding such an action are complex and require
the court to make specific findings, having a qualified Daytona Beach
divorce attorney from our firm with you can help facilitate the entire
process, saving you time and money.
The Law Office of Jeffrey A. Klein has been helping Florida families with
family law matters for more than a decade. Our firm strives to make your
goals our first priority when giving you legal counsel or representing
you in court. We understand family law can be complicated which is why
we provide clients with easy to understand and reliable advice.
What is needed to adopt?
A stepparent who is legally allowed to adopt their stepchild can file a
petition with whatever circuit court for the county they live in. The
petition needs to be verified and signed by a notary.
Certain information must be included such as:
- The date and place of birth of the stepchild
- Description of how long the stepchild has been in the stepparent’s custody
- Name, age, and residence of stepparent and how long they have resided there
- A statement including that the stepparent is physically able to care for
the child’s needs
- Reasons why the stepparent wishes to adopt
It must be established that the mother and usually the father have provided
consent to the adoption or their consent is not necessary. Almost always,
at least one of the child’s parents will give their consent to the adoption.
Once the court approves the adoption, the child’s other biological
parent will have their parental rights terminated meaning they are no
longer legally entitled to visit the child or make decisions on their behalf.
Looking to adopt? We can help!
When you are trying to adopt a stepchild, our Daytona Beach family law
attorneys can help, especially when one of the child’s biological
parents objects to the adoption or if you are unsure when or how to provide
the needed notification. Speak with our firm to learn how we can help
with the legal process of adoption.
Call our firm or fill out an online form to begin the adoption process!