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Emerald Coast Adoption Lawyers

Assisting You with Your Stepparent Adoption

After a second marriage, officially adopting your stepchildren can be extremely beneficial for the family. It forms a foundation to build a solid relationship and makes the relationship between you and your stepchild legally binding – which can come in handy in times of emergencies, schooling purposes, or in the event of a death in the family.

If you’re interesting in expanding your family and adopting your stepchild, you should do so with a knowledgeable adoption attorney by your side. At Chesser & Barr, P.A., we understand how admirable the decision to adopt is and we’re prepared to help you navigate through Florida’s complex adoption process.

Put more than 35 years to work by calling Chesser & Barr, P.A. today at (850) 610-7471
to learn how we can help.

Petitioning For a Stepparent Adoption

In order to officially begin the adoption process, you must file a Petition for Adoption. You, as the stepparent, are a petitioner along with your spouse. When you file the petition, the parent who is absent in the child’s life has an opportunity to oppose the adoption. If they agree and the court agrees that it is in the best interest of the child, the court will finalize the adoption and the child will receive a new birth certificate.

The petition to initiate the adoption process will ask for the following information:

  • The birth date and place of the child you are seeking to adopt
  • A statement of how long the stepparent has lived with the child
  • Reasons why you wish to adopt the child

Schedule a Consultation Today

We understand that, as a stepparent, there are times when you can provide more for a child than a biological parent ever could. Every child deserves a safe and happy home, and your stepchild is no exception. Since 1978, our Emerald Coast adoption lawyers have been committed to providing representation that is focused on results. We always make it a point to put your needs first, no matter the obstacles your adoption goals must face.

We proudly serve clients in Okaloosa County, Santa Rosa County, Walton County, and Bay County. Contact us today
to request your consultation.

A History of Proven Legal Advocacy

For decades, the Emerald Coast attorneys at Chesser & Barr, P.A. have been committed to providing clients with results-oriented representation. Our clients come to us when facing sensitive legal issues and they seek cost-effective, practical, and efficient resolutions. Since our firm’s founding, we have always put the rights and interests of our clients first, and this is reflected by our happy clients, proven results, and professional accolades.

Why Hire Us?

  • Board Certified Real Estate Specialist
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law
  • Board Certified City, County, & Local Government Law
  • Board Certified Certified Court Mediators
  • Super Lawyers®
  • AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • LegalElite Best for Trade Law – Florida