Florida Relative and Grandparent Adoption Document Services

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South Florida Legal Doc Prep Services, LLC prepares Florida family adoption forms for prose self-represented individuals all throughout the State of Florida. Did you know that if you are wanting to adopt a family member or relative in Florida, you do not need to hire a high-priced Florida family adoption lawyer. If you are wanting to do a stepparent adoption or adopt an adult family member or minor child, you can do so with the assistance of a Florida family adoption legal doc service provider by utilizing the services of South Florida Legal Doc Prep Services.

What is Florida Relative Adoption?

In Florida, a family member may desire to adopt a child or adult usually done by a stepparent, grandparent, sibling, or even an aunt or uncle. Another name generally used for a relative adoption is kinship adoption. Statistically, the most popular type of relative adoption is those filed by grandparents.

Florida law has streamlined the process for relative adoptions so as to make the process much easier and expedited. The process is generally the same as for a stepparent adoption. Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes dictates how the process is handled by the Florida Family Court.

How is Family Adoption Different from Regular Adoption?

  • In Florida, relative adoptions and grandparent adoptions use a simplified set of procedures compared to regular adoptions.
  • After the adoption paperwork is prepared and filed with the court, it will look as though the child(ren) was legally born to the relatives.
  • The parental rights of the biological parents are terminated through adoption.
  • The child’s family name may be changed through relative adoption.

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    As a Florida Relative Adoption Legal Document Preparer, we are Florida adoption nonlawyers and we cannot give any legal advice or represent you in court. However, what we can do is follow along with you the process and assist you in filing the adoption paperwork with the court. By hiring a knowledgeable Florida relative adoption specialist, you will save yourself hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, by not having to hire a

    Florida adoption attorney. You would be self-represented in court so be sure and get whatever free legal advice you feel you need prior to utilizing our services.

    How Grandparents or Relatives Can Adopt in Florida

    The steps to a Florida grandparent adoption are as follows:

  • File the petition. The petition is filed with the Circuit Court in the County in which the grandchild resides.
  • Include required consents. Without the consents of the biological parents, grandparent adoption is difficult, but not impossible. There are circumstances in wich family adoption has been granted, certainly the Court will take into account what is in the best interest of the child(ren).
  • Attach to the petition all required documents. These documents include the UCCJEA, Indian Child Welfare Act Affidavit, the birth certificate, and copies of any prior court orders concerning custody or support.
  • Once the case is assigned to a judge, we would help you to contact the judge’s judicial assistant to schedule a court hearing.
  • At the hearing, the judge will review the case. If everything is in order, the judge may very well grant the adoption.Sometimes, for whatever reason, a child’s biological parents are not the most suitable parents or not available to actively be the child’s parents.Fortunately, the child(ren)’s family members will come forward and wish to be their guardian angels and be able to step in and adopt the child(ren). The process of family adoption grants the relatives full legal parental rights once the Court grants the adoption.For example, sometimes the child(ren) will have already been living with the relative and/or be attached to the relative(s), while the child’s relationship with his or her parent is interrupted by death or some other situation where they are unable to care for the child.

    Cost of Relative Adoption in Florida

    A relative adoption can be pricey, especially if you hire an attorney. However, if you can obtain the services of a Florida relative legal doc prep specialist, you will save yourself legal fees and have peace of mind. You may very well also qualify for the adoption tax credit which will reduce your income tax by the amount of your adoption expenses.

    Note that adoptions by a stepparent do not generally qualify for the adoption tax deduction.  You should always contact an accountant for more information or tax advice.

    Consent for Florida Grandparent Adoption

    Is it mandatory that the current parent consent to the adoption? Not always. With Florida grandparent adoptions, or in a Florida relative or kinship adoption, Florida adoption law may allow such an adoption even when the present parent contests to such adoption. These exceptions can be for many reasons; such as parental abandonment, financial abandonment or emotional abandonment, or simply have proven to be an unfit parent. It is always easier if you can get the biological parents to sign consents prior to filing with the court.

    How long does the Adoption Process Take?

    If the parent(s) consent, it should go through the system in several months, depending on how backed up the court system is. Most of the time you are waiting to schedule a hearing with the Judge. Terminating the parental rights of both parents is effectuated simultaneously with granting the adoption usually all in the same proceeding.

    South Florida Legal Doc Prep Services have all the Florida relative adoption forms you will need to process and file for your family member adoption. We’ll fill out the forms for you and help you file the documents with the proper jurisdiction and follow the entire process along with you.

    This blog does not constitute legal advice and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.

    If you need legal advice, please contact a lawyer directly.

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