It’s only natural that when a step parent has been a major father or mother figure in a child’s life that the subject of adoption comes up. It makes official what has already been a reality for quite awhile. How complicated is step parent adoption in Florida?
The step parent must consent to the adoption and the process is started by the step parent filing a sworn petition to adopt. A copy of any judgment terminating parental rights or consents to the adoption from the parents must be attached. If the child is over 12 years of age, a consent to the adoption may be attached.
Under Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, consent of the parent is required but the court may waive the consent of: