The process for relative adoption in Florida is straightforward:
Relative adoptions can be handled on an expedited basis. No home study is required. Most final hearings occur via Zoom. The Judge will issue a final adoption decree at this hearing, legally establishing the adoptive relationship between you and the child. Afterward, we obtain an amended birth certificate for the child reflecting their new legal name and your name as the parent
The prices can vary depending on the circumstances. But typically, some expenses are attorney fees, court filing fees, birth certificate costs, vital statistics costs and, possibly, service of process fees.
When the parents’ consent, relative adoption can be completed in as little as 3-6 months. The bulk of this period entails waiting for several administrative and governmental processes to be completed.
No. In certain situations, the parents’ consent may not be required for adoption. If a parent is provided notice and fails to respond, the parent’s consent would not be required. Also, if a parent is found to have abandoned the child, consent may be waived or excused. There are other exceptions to parental consent – contact us to evaluate your situation.
Choosing adoption is a courageous and loving decision that requires support and guidance. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or are considering adoption.