Florida Stepparent Adoptions
Do you need a Brevard County family law attorney?
If you are seeking information about becoming the legal parent or guardian
of your stepchild, our team at Henderson & Futchko, P.A. can help
you become familiar with the stepparent adoption process. Our
Melbourne family law attorneys have been serving Brevard County and surrounding areas of Florida for
a combined 70 years.
To benefit from our experience, let us help you adopt your spouse's
children. When you work with our team, you can receive personalized, one-on-one
attention that you cannot always find at larger firms. Knowing your attorney
is working for you, can bring you peace of mind and confidence as you
proceed with the adoption process in Florida.
How can I adopt a stepchild in Florida?
More and more children across Florida are involved in mixed families, or
those involving parents and children coming together from multiple prior-marriages.
In these situations, a family may feel more complete if a stepparent adopts
a stepchild, legally taking responsibility for the child into the future.
When this happens, a family must work with a family lawyer to make sure
that all steps are properly followed and the adoption of the child is
as smooth as possible.
In Florida, the process of stepparent adoption is as follows:
- The stepparent files a petition with the state of Florida, asking to officially
adopt their spouse's child from a previous marriage or relationship.
- The other biological parent of the child is given the opportunity to oppose
- If the biological parent does not oppose the proposed adoption, the court
evaluates the petition, using a number of factors to decide whether or
not the adoption will benefit the child.
- Should the court approve the adoption, official paperwork will be provided
and an adoption certificate will be issued to the stepparent of the child,
thus installing him or her as the legal parent or guardian.
Importantly, the biological mother or father of the child that is being
adopted must either consent to the adoption taking place and the removal
of their legal rights, or be in a situation where their consent is not
needed. If the consent of the biological parent does not occur, then the
adoption cannot take place. The parent will remain all legal rights to
the child and the decisions concerning their life.
How long does an adoption take?
In some situations, the adoption process can be as quick as four months.
However, if the other biological parent of the child is absent, unable
to be reached, or uncooperative, the process can be drawn out. No matter
if the process is smooth or lengthy, you will need the dedicated services
of a Melbourne lawyer by your side. As your legal representatives, we
work hard to negotiate situations such as these.
Our family law attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience helping
Florida families just like yours and want to make sure that you have the
proper guidance to make the best decision for your loved ones.