Adult Adoption Legal Services
I provide legal representation for adult adoptions. The legal process for adult adoptions is typically straightforward. The consent of the adoptee is required, as well as his or her spouse (unless excused by the court).
No home study is required, although the court can order an investigation to determine if the adoption is in the best interest of the person to be adopted. Finally, a new birth certificate will be issued by the court, and the adoptee can choose whether they wish to change their last name.
Although the consent of the adoptee’s parents is not required, the adoptee’s parents must be provided with notice. An attorney will make sure that such notice is correctly provided and documented in the court file.
What Are the Reasons to Adopt an Adult?
Common reasons and situations for adult adoption include:
- A stepparent who raised the adult.
- A parent’s new spouse after a parent’s death.
- A foster child who has aged out of the system and has a strong connection with their foster family.
- An individual with a long-established or existing parent-child relationship.
- A young adult connecting with a forever family — they have not missed their chance — it is never too late.
- An individual who requires long-term care due to limited capacity or physical or mental disability.
- Inheritance purposes — allowing someone to leave property or financial assets to the adopted individual more easily.
Do I Need an Attorney for an Adult Adoption?
An adult adoption is a legal matter, and specific requirements must be met. Therefore, it is best to hire an attorney who is experienced and knowledgeable about the process and adult adoption laws in Florida.