In the state of Florida, a stepparent adoption occurs when the married stepparent adopts his/her spouse’s child. The adoption provides the stepparent with full legal parental rights of the child, including:
- The right to pass on a surname to the child.
- The ability to work directly with the child’s school and health care providers.
- The right to a voice in major decisions concerning the minor child, including what happens if the other parent dies or becomes unable to make decisions for the child.
- The right to be listed as the child’s parent on an amended birth certificate.
A stepparent adoption involves the termination of one of the parent’s rights. Of course, the process goes much more smoothly when that parent is easily accessible and willing to consent to the termination of his or her rights. Unfortunately, there are situations where a parent is unwilling to go along with the stepparent adoption or cannot be located. In those cases, termination of parental rights can be much more complicated. Tammi has the legal experience and expertise to represent stepparents in such situations.
Tammi works to make stepparent adoptions affordable. She charges flat legal fees for uncontested stepparent adoptions. She also accepts credit cards for legal fees and is willing to work out payment plans when necessary.
Contact Tammi today for a free initial consultation regarding a stepparent adoption.