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
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
- 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
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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
request your consultation.