Florida Stepparent Adoption Attorney
If you are facing paternity issues or wish to bring a stepchild into your family through adoption, you need competent legal representation tailored to meet your individual needs.
At McGinnis Law Firm, P.A., we are dedicated to providing exceptional legal service combined with personal attention.
Paternity - Maintaining Your Rights
Unmarried couples who have a child may experience challenges involving paternity.
As a father you have rights to your child even if you are not married to the mother. If you believe a child to be yours, we can help you file an action for determination of paternity.
As a mother, you may be entitled to support from your child's father. We are able to assist you in filing an action for determination of paternity against the man you believe is the father of your child.
Once paternity is determined, usually through a DNA test, our attorney will help you with the issues of child support, custody and visitation arrangements.
Contact us today for experienced, efficient paternity representation. We will help you establish a positive future for your child.
Adoption - Legally Expanding Your Family
When you have taken on the joys and many responsibilities of raising a stepchild or a member of your extended family, you may want to permanently secure your relationship by pursing legal adoption. Once the adoption is finalized you will gain full parental rights to the child.
If you wish to adopt a stepchild, you must have the consent of your spouse and the child's other parent's parental rights must be terminated. The non-custodial parent must agree to a termination of parental rights and responsibilities or be determined "unfit" by the court. We will guide you through the entire adoption process.
Close Relative Adoption
When a grandparent, aunt, uncle or sibling is in a better position to raise a child, relative adoption may be in everyone's best interest. Our attorney guides family members through the process of permanently bringing a closely related child into their home.
At McGinnis Law Firm, P.A., we are prepared to assist you with the termination of parental rights and other adoption legalities including:
- Clearly explaining adoption issues
- Completing and filing necessary paperwork
- Representation at hearings and screenings
- Powerful advocacy if challenges arise
Contact Us Today
Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with a knowledgeable attorney. We provide efficient, personalized representation in a comfortable atmosphere. Our offices are open 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. For your convenience, we accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover.