Stepparent adoption

We can guide you through the process of adopting a stepchild

If you have a warm and loving bond with your stepchild, you may want to consider a stepparent adoption.
Like any other adoption, it’s a very personal decision that requires careful consideration and should be in the child’s best interest. Some benefits and features of stepparent adoption to consider:
With more than 30 years of adoption experience, our board certified adoption specialists can walk you through the process of adopting a stepchild. If you decide to move forward, we can make it happen for you.

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In Florida, a stepparent adoption allows for the adoption of a stepchild. If you are adopting a grandchild, it is referred to as a grandparent adoption. If you are adopting a niece, nephew, sibling, or great grandchild, it is referred to as a relative adoption.

The process for stepparent adoption in Florida is straightforward: 

  • Consult with an adoption attorney
  • Determine your eligibility
  • Obtain consent of parties
  • File the adoption petition
  • Finalize the adoption

Stepparent 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 parent consents, stepparent 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 parent’s 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. 


The information provided above is based on Florida’s adoption law. This is not a complete summary of the law, and it is not tailored to a specific case. This information may change based on your specific situation. If you have questions regarding your adoption plan, please give us a call for a free consultation.

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    Offering Services Statewide. Offices in Jacksonville and Daytona Beach.
    Mailing address: 3821 Atlantic Boulevard Jacksonville, FL 32207