Supportive Tampa Adoption Lawyers
Tampa adoption attorneys offering assistance to parents and stepparents
Choosing to adopt a child is a joyous occasion for new parents, but the process can be complicated. At Baccarella & Baccarella, P.A., we are experienced Tampa adoption lawyers who guide parents and stepparents through the adoption process to ensure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. We focus on the legal aspects of adoption so that you can focus on building your new family.
Here for your family during your stepparent adoption in Florida
Under Florida law, any adult who works in Florida, is of good character and who has the ability to nurture and provide for a child may adopt. Our Tampa adoption attorneys at Baccarella & Baccarella primarily assist stepparents who are adopting the children of their spouse. Stepparent adoptions are most common when one biological parent is willing to give up their parental rights and give them to that stepparent. After adoption, the step-parent has all rights and responsibilities of the biological parent.
Tampa stepparent adoption process
Because only two parents can have rights over their children, the rights of one biological parent must be terminated for a stepparent to obtain rights in addition to his or her spouse. Stepparent adoption in Tampa is complicated because the biological parents have primary rights under the law until their rights are terminated by the court or they give them up voluntarily:
- Biological parent executes a consent for adoption and surrenders his or her rights to the child
- Adoptive parent proves in court that the biological parent has abused, abandoned or neglected the child or otherwise failed to protect their parental rights under Florida law
If the child is twelve years old or older, he or she must also consent to the adoption and be interviewed before signing the consent.
In many cases, family law in Tampa provides that an unmarried father who has not registered his paternity with Florida’s Putative Father Registry may have his rights terminated by the court through a Tampa adoption proceeding, even without his consent.
Obtaining efficient, effective solutions for your family
Unlike other types of adoption where parents may wait months before an adoption is finalized, our Tampa family law attorneys help many parents streamline the process by having one legal proceeding where the rights of the absentee parent are terminated at the same time the adoption is finalized.
The guidance you need to make your family whole
Because adoption in Florida is quite complicated, it is important to seek the advice and guidance of a Tampa adoption lawyer to help you through the process. At Baccarella & Baccarella, we have more than 50 years of combined practical legal experience and we are devoted to providing sensitive, efficient representation. To learn more about our services, please see our practice areas or call us at 813-254-8998 or contact us online to schedule your free 20 minute confidential consultation with a skilled Tampa adoption attorney.