When you have a stepchild, you may love them as if he or she were your own. Unless you take action, however, your legal connection with the child is only through marriage. You have few legal rights to the child, and could have a difficult time getting custody or anything more than limited visitation rights if you divorce the child’s parent or if the child’s parent passes away.
If you want to make your relationship with your step child official, you will need to formally adopt the child. This is not possible in all circumstances, and there are serious legal implications to making this decision that you need to know about.
You should consult with an Orlando stepparent adoption attorney if adopting your stepchild is something you are interested in so you can learn more about taking this big step.
Husband and wife attorneys Ophelia Bernal-Mora and Andrew Nickolaou are dedicated to helping clients protect family relationships, including the relationships between a stepparent and stepchild. We formed our firm, Orlando Family Team, to provide aggressive and compassionate legal representation to clients throughout Central Florida who are facing family matters.
If you want an attorney who knows the law and who can help you work within the law to establish a legal relationship with your step child, give us a call today.
How Can an Step-Parent Adoption Attorney Help You?
If you are thinking about adopting your step-child, you should talk with an attorney as soon as possible. You lawyer will help with every step of the process including:
Determining if step-parent adoption is possible: You can only adopt your step-child if the child’s biological parent is willing to give up his or her parental rights.
Determining if step-parent adoption is advisable: The adoption is permanent and the child becomes your responsibility under the law. If you divorce, you could fight for custody and could be made to pay child support.
Going through the adoption process: The process of adopting a step-child is easier than other adoptions, but there are still legal hoops to jump through. You should have a legal advocate to help make the process easier and ensure you are successful in your legal adoption.
These are a few of the key legal services that an attorney can offer to you. There is nothing as important as building strong families, so you need to get the very best legal advice to follow the proper protocol for ensuring you step-child is legally your child.
Contact an Orlando Step-Parent Adoption Attorney
At Orlando Family Team, our husband-and-wife team has helped many parents to move through the stepparent adoption process to create an independent legal relationship between a stepparent and child.
Whatever your family situation, our goal is to help you to find the best solutions to make your family as strong as possible. We’ll be there every step of the way as you take the legal steps to make that happen. To find out more about the assistance an Orlando stepparent adoption attorney can provide to you, give us a call today.
Whether you are currently going through a divorce, fighting for custody or simply have questions about family law, our attorneys are here to help.
Contact the attorneys at Orlando Family Team today for a free, no-obligation consultation.