Southwest Florida Adoption Lawyer

Adopting a child is a life-changing event that has a drastic, lasting effect on both you and the child. Legally solidifying this relationship requires the attention of a skilled lawyer. If you value caring, knowledgeable and compassionate legal services, then the team at Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC, is the one for you.

Aloia, Roland, Lubell & Morgan, PLLC, has offices in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, and we serve clients throughout southwest Florida in family law matters. Our lawyers are held in high esteem by our peers, judges and other legal professionals, and we are committed to providing quality legal representation. We stand ready to protect your rights and help you overcome the legal challenges involved in your situation.

Adopting? We Can Help With the Process.

Adoption by definition is a permanent legal transfer of all parental rights from one person or couple to another person or couple. In an adoption the judge will terminate the legal rights of one or both biological parents of a child and transfer them to the new adoptive parents. Upon the conclusion of the case, the Department of Vital Statistics will issue a new birth certificate for the child displaying the information of the new parent or parents and the child's new surname.

There are a few different types of adoptions and the procedures differ in each. Below are examples of some of the types of adoptions that we handle.

Relative Adoptions and Stepparent Adoptions

In the state of Florida, a stepparent adoption or an adoption by another blood relative is simpler to complete because the process is more streamlined than in other types of adoptions. The process is easiest if both biological parents are in agreement and have the ability to sign consents to the adoption.

If the location of one of the biological parents is unknown, the court requires a "diligent search and inquiry" that involves a good faith effort to find the biological parent and advise them that another person wishes to legally adopt their child. In the case of biological fathers, this search includes contacting Florida's Putative Father Registry to determine whether or not any putative father filed a claim of paternity for the child subject to the adoption. If there is more than one putative father, the searches must be performed on all of them.

Nonrelative Adoptions

In an adoption where the prospective adoptive parents are not related to the child in any way (whether by blood or through marriage), there are a several steps which must be taken prior to the adoption being finalized and the legal parent-child relationship being established. Some of the steps involved include, but are not limited to: a completion of a home study, interviews of the birth parents, the consent of the biological parents (or adversely the termination of the birth parents' rights), and the filing of a petition for adoption with the appropriate court.

Adult Adoptions

Florida is a state that allows adults to be adopted by other adults. An adult adoption provides a permanent and legal connection between the "parent" and the "child." The adoptive parent or parents and the adopted adult child all need to agree to and sign consents in these types of cases. As with other relative and nonrelative adoptions, a new birth certificate will be issued by the Department of Vital Statistics displaying the new sir name, as well as the name of the adoptive parents.

Adoptions are not always straightforward. There can be issues involving the biological parents and parental rights, custody and more. Above all, the courts will look out for the best interests of the child. As your attorneys, we can help prove to the courts that the adoption is in the best interests of the child. We can work with psychologists, counselors, therapists and other outside resources to support your case, even if it involves divorce and other family law matters.

Contact Our Experienced Attorneys

To speak to one of our family lawyers, please call 239-603-6143 or 800-724-7902. We can also be reached online. Consultations can be scheduled at either our Fort Myers or Cape Coral, Florida, office.