Adoption and Family Law in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and surrounding West Florida areas.
Adoption can be very emotional for all parties involved because it always involves severing the ties between a child and his or her birth parent. Different types of adoption exist depending on each person's unique situation. A stepparent adoption involves the adoption of the stepchild and requires either the consent of the birth parent that is terminating the parental rights, or if consent is not given, the court holds a hearing to determine if there is another basis to terminate parental rights, such as abandonment, abuse, or neglect of the child. An agency-facilitated adoption involves one party attempting to adopt a child whose parents have voluntarily terminated parental rights as well as a home study of the prospective adoptive parents. In Florida, adults can also be adopted.
There are several nuanced procedures involved in adoption and preserving one's parental rights. For example, although there are exceptions, an unmarried biological father must register his paternity with Florida's Putative Father Registry, or he could lose certain parental rights without any notice. Greene & Greene can assist you with complying with the complex procedures involved to ensure that no rights are waived.
If you need assistance with adoption, child support, divorce, paternity suits, or other family law matters, please contact our office, as our attorneys have extensive experience in handling adoption issues in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Pinellas County, and the surrounding West Florida areas.