Stepparent Adoption

If you have children from a previous marriage or relationship, or you want to provide the children of a spouse with the legal benefits that arise from adopting them, you want an experienced attorney to assist you through the stepparent adoption process. The process can vary depending on whether you obtain the consent of the other biological parent. You need a lawyer who has successfully helped others in similar circumstances.

At Beaulieu-Fawcett Law Group, P.A., we work with clients in Florida who need legal counsel to complete a stepparent adoption. In all family law matters, we place a high priority on the interests of your family, helping you identify solutions that protect your children.

We understand that family law matters can involve a lot of stress and anxiety, and we try to get you through the process as quickly and easily as possible.

We handle all matters related to stepparent adoptions, including situations where the parents were legally married and divorced as well as circumstances where the noncustodial parent has never played an active role in the child's life. There are many complicated presumptions under the law in this area, including presumptions around children born during a marriage. You need an experienced attorney to help you protect your rights and your child or help you secure the adoption of a stepchild.

Before a stepparent can legally adopt a child, there must be a termination of the biological parents' rights. Often, we can help you obtain the consent of the noncustodial parent to the termination of rights, which makes the process easier.

However, in circumstances where the other biological parent either refuses to relinquish parental rights or cannot be found, we will file on your behalf seeking the termination of parental rights. Once served, if the noncustodial parent does not respond, your petition may be granted by default.

In most situations, we can combine the petition to terminate parental rights with the request to grant the stepparent adoption and make the process more efficient.

Schedule A Free Attorney Consultation About Adoption

If you have additional questions about stepparent adoption, call 561-819-6208 or complete our brief contact form. Our law office is in Delray Beach, Florida.