Adoption proceedings give attorneys and the court the chance to build families, which is a change from the regular routine of the Courtroom. Some big smiles can be seen in the courtroom when an adoption is finalized. In fact, even some of the staunchest judges have been seen smiling as they hand stuffed animals to newly adopted children.
I focus on Stepparent or Relative Adoptions. A “Relative” means a person related by blood to the person being adopted within the third degree of consanguinity. Generally, an investigation or home study must be made by adopting parents, except in Stepparent or Relative Adoptions.
Before a child can be adopted, the parental rights of the living biological parent or parents must be terminated. In the case of a stepparent adoption, only the rights of one parent are terminated. Parental rights can be terminated either by consent of the biological parent or by order of the court in cases of abandonment or other dependency proceedings.
If the parent whose rights are being terminated is nowhere to be found, we can terminate by publication. We would have the petitioner do an extensive “Diligent Search” to attempt to ascertain the location of the missing parent. If the location cannot be found, we proceed with the adoption by “Publication.” After a duration of time, about a month, we are able to obtain a Default from the Clerk, which permits the family to proceed to Final Hearing.
Regardless if the termination is by consent or by Publication/Default There will be a short Final Hearing so the Court can make an inquiry as to the new families understanding of the ramification of the adoption and if need be, the extent of the Diligent Search.
Florida’s family laws, rules, and procedures are confusing and complex. That is why you should always consult an attorney that practices Family Law, and nothing else. Someone like myself. I do not practice criminal law or elder law, or many other types of law. I am Florida Divorce and Family Law attorney that understands the laws intimately, because I handle family law matters on a regular basis. I will always listen compassionately and attentively to your needs and concerns, and provide you with the right family law advice for your particular case.
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Florida Law on Adoption is not easy and has difficult rules and procedures. Do not do it alone. I always offer a free consultation. There is no better way than sitting down face-to-face with me to learn about the process. I do not practice criminal law or elder law, or many other types of law. I am Florida Divorce and Family Law attorney that understands the family laws completely, because I handle family law matters on a regular basis. I will always listen compassionately and attentively to your needs and concerns and provide you with the best advice for your particular case.