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Services  >>  Adoption
Wednesday , March , 20 2019
adkins family law adoption

  • Overview
  • Entity
  • Step-Parent
  • Close Relative
  • Adult

To begin, there are four types of adoptions which exist in Florida: The entity adoption, the step-parent adoption, the close relative and the adult adoption. Each type of adoption has unique procedure. Please call our office, (954) 734-6048, if you have any questions.

The most common type of adoption is an entity adoption, where an adoption agency or intermediary is involved with the adoption of a child. For example, a young girl has an unwanted pregnancy, but takes the baby to term so that the baby may be given to a loving couple who wishes to adopt the baby.

A step-parent adoption is just that - the step-parent wishes to adopt a child living in their home, and in most cases, one of the child's natural parents has not been involved in the child's life for a significant period of time. Usually, the natural parents have stopped having a relationship, and have moved on to other partners. It is the new partner who is interested in adopting a minor child that the parent has brought into the new relationship.

A close relative adoption occurs when an extended family member wishes to adopt a minor child, usually a niece or nephew of an aunt or uncle. If a mother dies while caring for a minor child, oftentimes the sister, or Aunt, will adopt the minor child as a more permanent option than guardianship.

The adult adoption takes place when an individual wishes to adopt a child who has reached the age of majority, eighteen in this state. Usually, an adult adoption is considered when people are thinking about inheritance rights - perhaps a step-parent who did not adopt immediately, and later decided to include the step-children as heirs to the estate.


The information provided here is intended to be general information. It should be used as a reference and may not apply to your specific case. The information made available DOES NOT create an attorney/client relationship between you and the attorney. Please call our Office, (954) 734-6048 for answers specific to your situation.