If you have children from a previous marriage or relationship, or you want to provide the children of a spouse with the legal benefits that arise from adopting them, you want an experienced attorney to assist you through the stepparent adoption process. The process can vary depending on whether you obtain the consent of the other biological parent. You want a lawyer who has successfully helped others in similar circumstances.
At Beaulieu-Fawcett Law Group we work with men and women throughout Florida who need legal counsel to complete a stepparent adoption. In all family law matters, we place a high priority on the interests of your family, helping you identify solutions that protect your children.
We understand that family law matters can involve a lot of stress and anxiety and try to get you through the process as quickly and easily as possible.
We handle all matters related to stepparent adoptions, including situations where the parents were legally married and divorced, as well as circumstances where the non-custodial parent has never played an active role in the child's life. There are many complicated presumptions under the law in this area, including presumptions around children born during a marriage. You need an experienced attorney to help you protect your rights and your child, and help you secure the adoption of your stepchild.
Before a stepparent can legally adopt a child, there must be a termination of the biological parent's rights. Often, we can help you obtain the consent of the non-custodial parent to the termination of rights, which makes the process easier.
However, in circumstances where the other biological parent either refuses to relinquish parental rights or cannot be found, we will file a motion on your behalf seeking the termination of parental rights. If the motion is served, and the non-custodial parent does not respond, your motion may be granted by default.
In most situations, we can combine the motion to terminate parental rights with the request to grant the stepparent adoption and make the process more efficient.
If you have additional questions about stepparent adoption, please contact our office at 561-819-6208 to schedule an initial consultation or go to our contact page.
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