Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.
Stepparent adoptions in Florida can be done in a relatively short amount time, if all parties are in agreement. Basically, if the biological parent is willing to sign a consent for termination of parental rights, then the adopting parent and primary parent can file a joint petition for the adoption of the child. Once the parental rights of the biological parent are terminated, an order can be entered by the court for the stepparent to be the adopted parent of the child. Basically, an adoption finds that the adopting parent has the ability to provide for the emotional and financial needs of the child and understands that the child is the responsibility of that parent regardless of the marital status. In addition, the child no longer has the right to inherit under the biological parent and therefore, inherits as a natural child of the adopting parent.
If you are interested in pursuing a stepparent adoption, you should speak with a lawyer about the process and the proper protocol.