Stepparent & Relative Adoptions

Florida Stepparent Adoption Lawyer

Relative Adoption Lawyers in Green Cove Springs

Stepparent adoptionAt Haslett Law, we know that adopting a stepchild, grandchild, or another family member can be one of the most rewarding and emotional times of your life. We can help you work through the confusing array of details involved in adoption as a step-parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, or another relative. As Florida's family laws have changed over the years, experience and knowledge become more and more important to make sure the process is followed correctly and the adoption is legal. Our experienced Clay County stepparent adoption attorneys can explain the adoption issues to you, prepare the necessary filings, and represent you at required hearings.

Contact us at (904) 299-1188 today for a free case consultation.

Eligibility for Adoption

When you’ve been living together as a family, making it official and legal can offer security and peace of mind. At Haslett Law, we take pride in helping you accomplish that. Adopting a stepchild or close blood relative may be fairly swift once all consents have been obtained and the petition has been filed. The petitioner must provide proof that parental rights have already been terminated or that all necessary consents have been given.

In this case, notarized consent may need to be obtained from: ​​​​​​

  • The child, if over the age of 12
  • Biological/birth mother
  • Anyone legally entitled to custody
  • The court, if the physical custodian does not have legal authority
  • Biological/birth father (with exceptions)

Florida's Kinship Adoption Laws

Kinship adoption, asked called relative adoption, can include adoption by an aunt, uncle, or the child's grandparents. According to Chapter 63 of Florida Statutes, adoption by family members is a simplified process that can eventually award those family members legal and parental rights.

Is Consent Needed for Kinship Adoptions in FL?

Consent may be waived by the court for some cases, including:

  • If the biological parent has abandoned or deserted the child
  • Parental rights were already terminated by a court of law
  • If a biological parent is deceased, a death certificate may be submitted in place of consent.

When complications arise, it can often be from errors in filing, or from not obtaining the proper consents. Our knowledgeable stepparent adoption lawyer in Clay County can guide you through the steps and advocate on your behalf. You can count on Haslett Law to advise you and get the process done, legally and correctly, for you and the child.

Seeking to legally adopt your stepchild, grandchild, or another relative? For experienced and knowledgeable counsel, contact us now.

Meet the Attorneys

A Husband & Wife Team

How We Stand Apart

  • Over 20 Years' Combined Legal Experience
  • Advocates for Both Family Law & Criminal Defense
  • Very Accessible & Responsive
  • Husband & Wife Lawyer Team

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