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Stepparent Adoption in Florida / Board Certified Adoption Attorney Experienced in Stepparent Adoption / Tallahassee, Quincy, Hosford, Monticello, Crawfordville, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Wakulla, Jefferson and Franklin Counties.

Do you want your husband or wife to become the legal parent of your child? There are many reasons people consider stepparent adoption, including formalizing an already existing parental-like relationship, desire to cover a child with the stepparent’s health insurance, inheritance issues and allowing the adoptive parent the ability to legally parent the child, should the other parent pass away.

Florida adoption law allows for a simplified procedure for adoption by a stepparent and a home study is not required. The adopting parent must be a legal stepparent, they must be legally married to the parent of the child they desire to adopt.

Normally the child’s other legal parent must consent, but there are situations where a Florida stepparent adoption may be granted without the other parent’s consent. If the noncustodial parent has abandoned the child or is otherwise deemed to have waived their consent or is deemed unfit, it may be possible for the Florida stepparent to proceed without that parent’s consent. Often a parent will agree to consent to the adoption and terminate their rights, to eliminate their child support obligation. Their cooperation and consent to the stepparent adoption will help reduce the costs of the adoption.

A Florida Stepparent Adoption involves terminating the rights of only one parent, while the spouse of the stepparent adopting maintains parental rights. As a result of a stepparent adoption, the adopting parent will become a full legal parent, as if the child was born of his or her marriage.

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit is not available in Stepparent adoption.

The Florida Adoption lawyers at The Adoption Law Offices of Madonna M. Finney are experienced in assisting families with stepparent adoption. The advice of an experienced stepparent adoption lawyer can be invaluable. We prepare the court documents, attend all hearings before the judge, obtain the new birth certificate and advise you along the way. Our firm has been providing comprehensive representation in all aspects of the stepparent adoption for more than 20 years. Madonna is the Panhandle’s only Board Certified Adoption Lawyer, recognized by the Florida Bar as an expert in adoption law. Her firm handles Stepparent adoptions in Tallahassee, Quincy, Hosford, Monticello, Crawfordville, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Wakulla, Jefferson and Franklin counties. Call the Florida Adoption Law Firm of Madonna M. Finney to learn more about the process of adopting a stepchild in Florida. Call us at (850)577-3077 for more information.

 
Grandparent Adoption in Florida / Board Certified Adoption Attorney Experienced in Grandparent Adoption / Tallahassee, Quincy, Hosford, Monticello, Crawfordville, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Wakulla and Franklin Counties.

Sometimes parents are unable or unwilling to raise their children, and Grandparents step in to provide the love and care needed by their grandchild. In some families, the Grandparents are the only parents a child has ever known. Florida Grandparent adoption provides a child permanency and legally establishes the parent-child relationship.

Florida adoption law allows for a simplified procedure for adoption by a Grandparent and a home study is not required. The adopting Grandparent must be a legal grandparent, not someone just considered a Grandparent.

A Florida Grandparent Adoption terminates the rights of the parents, making the Grandparent the legal parent of the child. Normally the child’s parents must consent, but there are situations where a Florida Grandparent adoption may be granted without the parents’ consent. If the parent or parents have abandoned the child or are otherwise deemed to have waived their consent or are deemed unfit, it may be possible for the Florida Grandparent adoption to proceed without the parent’s consent. Often a parent will agree to consent to the adoption and terminate their rights, to eliminate their child support obligation and to allow their child a legally permanent parental relationship. Their cooperation and consent to the Grandparent adoption will help reduce the costs of the adoption.

A Florida Grandparent Adoption involves terminating the rights of the child’s biological and/or legal parents, while transferring parental rights to the adopting Grandparent or Grandparents. As a result of a adoption, the adopting Grandparents will become full legal parents, as if the child was born to them or of their marriage.

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit for qualified adoption expenses is available for Grandparents who qualify. This credit can help to greatly reduce the costs of adoption by reducing your income tax obligation by the amount of qualified expenses.

The Florida Adoption lawyers at The Adoption Law Offices of Madonna M. Finney, with offices in Tallahassee, Pensacola and Franklin County, are experienced in assisting families with Grandparent adoption. The advice of an experienced Grandparent adoption lawyer can be invaluable. We prepare the court documents, attend all hearings before the judge, obtain the new birth certificate and advise you along the way. Our firm has been providing comprehensive representation in all aspects of the Grandparent adoption process for more than 20 years. Madonna is the Panhandle’s only Board Certified Adoption Lawyer, recognized by the Florida Bar as an expert in adoption law. Her firm handles Grandparent adoptions in Tallahassee, Quincy, Hosford, Monticello, Crawfordville, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Wakulla, Jefferson and Franklin counties. Call the Florida Adoption Law Firm of Madonna M. Finney to learn more about the process of adopting a grandchild in Florida. Call us at (850)577-3077 for more information.

 
Relative Adoption in Florida / Kinship Adoption in Florida / Grandparents, Uncles, Aunts or Cousins looking to adopt in Florida / Board Certified Adoption Attorney Experienced in Relative Adoption / Tallahassee, Quincy, Hosford, Monticello, Crawfordville, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Wakulla and Franklin Counties.

Sometimes parents are unable or unwilling to raise their children, and a relative steps in to provide the love and care the child needs. Relative adoption provides permanency for the child and legally establishes the parent-child relationship.

Florida adoption law allows for a simplified procedure for a close Relative Adoption and a home study is not required. For the purpose of a Florida Relative Adoption, a “relative” is considered a person related to the child within the third degree, such as a Grandparent, Great Grandparent, Aunt, Uncle, Brother, Sister, Niece or Nephew. The child’s Great Aunt, Great Uncle or 1st Cousin are not considered close relatives, although they could adopt as any other person could.

A Florida Relative Adoption terminates the rights of the parents, and names the adopting relatives the child’s legal parents.

The Federal Adoption Tax Credit for qualified adoption expenses is available for Relatives who qualify. This credit can help to greatly reduce the costs of adoption by reducing your income tax obligation by the amount of qualified expenses.

The Florida Adoption lawyers at The Adoption Law Offices of Madonna M. Finney, with offices in Tallahassee, Pensacola and Franklin County, are experienced in assisting families with relative adoption. The advice of an experienced relative adoption lawyer can be invaluable. We prepare the court documents, attend all hearings before the judge, obtain the new birth certificate and advise you along the way. Our firm has been providing comprehensive representation in all aspects of the relative adoption process for more than 20 years. Madonna is the Panhandle’s only Board Certified Adoption Lawyer, recognized by the Florida Bar as an expert in adoption law. Her firm handles Relative adoptions in Tallahassee, Quincy, Hosford, Monticello, Crawfordville, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Wakulla, Jefferson and Franklin counties. Call the Florida Adoption Law Firm of Madonna M. Finney to learn more about the process of adopting a relative in Florida. Call us at (850)577-3077 for more information.

 
Intervention for Foster Children in Florida / Experienced Board Certified Adoption Attorney in Tallahassee, Quincy, Hosford, Monticello, Crawfordville, Apalachicola, Carabelle, Wakulla, Jefferson and Franklin Counties.

My children have been removed by DCF, what are my options? Can I still make a private adoption plan if my child is in Florida Foster Care? My children are in state custody and I’m not going to be able to get them back, what should I do?

Intervention is a private adoption option you may consider.

In Florida, even if children are removed from the care of their parents, as long as parental rights have not been terminated by the court, parents maintain the right to make a private adoption plan with an adoption agency or adoption attorney. This process is referred to as intervention.

Even though your child may have been removed from your custody by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and placed into Foster Care, intervention may allow you some control over your child’s situation. If you aren’t able to comply with your Case Plan and regain custody of your children, you can make a loving plan for them. You can still chose your child’s adoptive family and they type of life you would like your child to have. You can have the comfort of knowing your child will not languish in Foster Care, a private placement will allow your child a faster transition from Foster Care into a loving adoptive family. Contact the Adoption Law Offices of Madonna M. Finney, to learn more about the option of private adoption call (850)577-3077.

A private adoption plan for your child may allow you to:

  • have some control over your child’s future
  • identify and select the family you believe best suited to raise your child
  • ensure your child isn’t stuck in Foster Care but will quickly transition to an adoptive family
  • meet your child’s adoptive family
  • receive counseling services without charge

 

If you would like to learn more about the option of a private adoption plan for your child in foster care, please call (850)577-3077 or text (850)308-1836.

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