Jacksonville Adoption Attorney
Family & Relative Adoptions in Jacksonville
If you are a relative seeking to adopt the child of a family member, or
if you are a parent who desires to terminate your parental rights and
child custody, a
Jacksonville family lawyer at the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. is committed to answering
your questions about family adoption. We can protect your legal rights
and guide you through the adoption process.
Challenging domestic situations may require the adoption of a child by
a family member. A grandparent, great-grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother,
sister, half-brother, half-sister may decide to step in and seek the adoption
of a blood relative. Under certain circumstances, a step-parent may be
granted permission to adopt the child of his or her deceased or living spouse.
Guidance Through the Adoption Process
In Florida, relative adoption is a relatively easy process. It can be done
more quickly and costs less than the same process in many other states.
The home study, recommendations and reports that are needed in non-relative
adoptions are waived when a child is adopted by a relative. There is also
no waiting period. The streamlining of the adoption process was done with
the goal of providing children with a permanent, stable home life. In
most cases, the adoption of a child by a loved one the child knows achieves
Termination of Parental Rights
In order for a relative adoption to occur, there must be a termination
of parental rights. We will petition the court so that the rights of the
child's biological parents are terminated, and at the same time petition
for the granting of a family member adoption. In some cases the consent
of the biological parents is freely given, in other cases the court must
decide to terminate the rights of the biological parents. Both of these
matters may be heard by the judge at the same hearing.
As experienced legal advocates, we are committed to doing what is best
for families and their children.
Contact our Jacksonville family law attorneys today to begin and get your questions answered!