Make Your Family Complete Through Adoption
As a stepparent, you love your stepchild as if they were your own. Adoption is a way to show them and your spouse that your blended family is now whole.
When you and your family are ready to take the next step with adoption, contact me at JerriLynn Hadley PLLC. Based in Pensacola, I use 20-plus years of experience with a range of legal matters to assist clients with every step of the often confusing adoption process. Because there are so many things that can jeopardize an adoption, I can proactively help you prevent difficulties from arising.
How Do I Adopt A Stepchild In Florida?
Beginning an adoption is nerve-wracking yet exciting. In the state of Florida, the process for a stepparent to adopt a stepchild involves:
- Determining eligibility
The stepparent must be married to the child’s parent to petition for adoption. The child’s other parent must have abandoned the child, have their parental rights terminated, be declared incompetent or consent to the adoption.
- Filing a petition for adoption
If you qualify, then you may file a petition for adoption with the county clerk in your jurisdiction. If the child is 14 years or older, they must consent to the adoption.
- Finalizing the adoption
At a court hearing, the judge finalizes the adoption, thereby terminating the other biological parent’s rights. This typically occurs within three months of filing the petition.
Though these steps sound straightforward, completing them incorrectly can make the process lengthy, expensive and emotionally taxing. I make sure that you get the process right the first time so the adoption goes as quickly and smoothly as possible.
Make A Free Consultation Appointment
My goal is to provide cost-effective representation for you and your spouse. To that end, you can schedule a free initial consultation with me to talk about adopting your stepchild. To reach me and schedule your consultation, call 850-641-8959 or send me an email.