DYI Relative Adoption in Florida

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Title V1, Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes governs adoption, and provides for a simplified process for adoptions by a child’s relatives. The statute calls it, “adoption by relatives,” but it’s sometimes called a “family” or “kinship” adoption.  Any close biological relatives is eligible, including grandparents, aunts, uncles, first cousins or siblings. The need usually arises for family adoption due to either the child’s parents’ death or their inability to properly care for them. Relative adoption is usually done by a family member that’s already caring for the child, and wants to make the arrangements permanent. Relatives that would like to adopt do not need a lawyer to represent them, but it’s a good idea to hire an experienced legal document preparer to make sure that the petition is accurate and professional looking.

South Florida Legal Doc Prep Can Help You Do As Much As Possible Remotely

In these difficult times, taking care of a child that needs your help is the right thing to do, and concern over traveling to office buildings and courthouses doesn’t have to stop you from going forward. South Florida Legal Doc Prep can help you prepare the necessary documents and file them with the court – all without having to step outside your door. You can upload the information to us, we’ll type it up and return it to you to review. After you approve it, we’ll help you e-file it with the court. It usually takes a couple of months to get a hearing and date, and things should be back to normal by that time.

Procedure For Relative Adoption

  • File the petition in the Circuit Court in the county where the child resides;
  • The petition must include:
    • Consent of biological parents, or an Order severing parental rights;
    • Birth Certificate;
    • All court Orders concerning custody or support;
    • Other documents that may be required in the county of residence.

How Long Does Florida Relative Adoption Take?

This expedited process usually takes only a couple of months. One of the ways it’s quicker than regular adoption is a petition to sever the rights of the biological parents can be filed at the same time as the petition for relative adoption, and both issues can be handled at one hearing. Regular adoptions require that the rights of the biological parents be terminated before the adoption is filed and two separate hearings must be held.

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