Orlando Stepparent Adoption Attorney
Being a stepparent is an important and rewarding role. Some stepparents want to reinforce that bond by legally adopting a stepchild or stepchildren. This is a big decision and should be recognized as such.
At The Davies Law Firm, LLC, in Orlando, Florida, we welcome the opportunity to discuss the process of stepparent adoption and what it means to your family. As with all family law matters, we place a high priority on the interests of your family, helping you identify solutions that are in the best interests of your children.
Among other things, stepparent adoption confers the legal right to receive Social Security upon an adoptive parent’s death or incapacitation, as well as the right to pursue compensation in the event of a wrongful death.
Stepchild adoption is much more than a symbolic gesture because it comes with significant long-term ramifications. Among other things, it frees the natural parent of support obligations. We can explain the process and the full impact of stepparent adoption during a free consultation.
Orange County Parental Rights Lawyer
Courts are hesitant to separate biological parents from their children. Stepparents may adopt only after the noncustodial parent has been removed from the status of legal parent by consent, court order or death. We can assist you in obtaining the consent of the noncustodial parent to the termination of rights.
In circumstances where the other biological parent cannot be found, we will file a motion on your behalf seeking the termination of parental rights.
If the other parent has been absent from the child’s life for an extensive period of time, yet refuses to consent, an attorney can file a petition for termination of parental rights that summarizes why his or her rights should be terminated.
Conversely, if you are a biological parent seeking to protect your interests and stop your child’s mother or father from terminating your parental rights, we will assist you.
Call 407-540-1010 or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation with our Orlando stepparent adoption lawyer. We can answer your questions, review the facts of your case and provide a straightforward assessment of a likely outcome.