Stepchild No More: The Adoption Option in Florida

Adopting a stepchild in Florida

Families today look very different than they did 100 years ago.  While many parents are able to divorce and continue to raise their children together, this is not always the case. Sometimes one parent is no longer in the picture, or doesn’t wish to retain their legal parental rights.

This often occurs when a biological parent:

  • Is deceased
  • Suffers from a severe mental illness
  • Is chemically dependent and unable to care for themselves
  • Was a sperm or egg donor
  • Is in prison

Adopting a stepchild in florida

When one parent is no longer interested in – or able – to parent, adoption is an option.  The courts consider adoption petitions under these types of circumstances on a case-by-case basis.  Any time a biological or adoptive parent gives up or loses their parental rights to a child, a stepparent can adopt the child.  This includes voluntary termination proceedings, as well as parental termination proceedings that are court-ordered. read more

9 Tips For Great Co-Parenting

co-parenting

In a divorce that involves children, co-parenting is one of the most important aspects of helping kids feel safe and secure during this difficult time, and for years to follow. But without the ability to compromise, some couples find that they can’t agree on the most basic issues of parenting.

9 Tips For Great Co-Parenting

Disagreement on major issues of parenting often leads to conflict that can make a divorce even more complicated. That’s why divorcing couples who have children should create a parenting agreement with the understanding that through compromise they can find solutions that are in the best interest of their children. read more