Stepparent Adoption Florida Adult: Adoption forms for the adoption of an adult by a Stepparent in Florida. Free forms downloads, instructions, and resources for Stepparent Adoption in Florida.
The following are the instructions for Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.981(c)(1).
These stepparent adoption Florida forms should be used when a stepparent is adopting his or her spouse’s adult child.
You must obtain the written consent of the adult child to be adopted, as well as the written consent of his or her spouse (if married).
This stepparent adoption Florida form should be typed or printed in black ink. The name to be given to the adoptee after the adoption should be used in the heading of the petition.
The stepparent is the petitioner, because he or she is the one who is asking the court for legal action.
You must have your signature witnessed by a notary public or deputy clerk.
After completing this stepparent adoption Florida form, you should file the original with the clerk of the circuit court in the county where either you or the adoptee live and keep a copy for your records.
For your case to proceed, you must have the written consent of the adoptee, and his or her spouse if married.
Consent of the birth parent is not required, but written notice of the final hearing on the stepparent adoption Florida form must be provided to the parents, if any, or proof of service of process must be filed showing notice has been served on the parents.
If you know where they live, you must use personal service. If you absolutely do not know where they live, you may use constructive service.
For more information about personal and constructive service, you should refer to the General Information for Self-Represented Litigants found at the beginning of these forms and the instructions to Florida Family Law Rules of Procedure Form 12.910(a) and Form 12.913(b) and Form 12.913(a).
However, the law regarding constructive service is very complex and you may wish to consult an attorney regarding that issue.
When you have filed all of the required stepparent adoption Florida forms and met the requirements for consent as outlined above, you are ready to set a hearing on your petition.
You should check with the clerk of court, family law intake staff, or judicial assistant to set a final hearing, and notify the other parties using a Notice of Hearing (General), Florida Supreme Court Approved Family Law Form 12.923, or other appropriate notice of hearing form.
Before proceeding, you should read General Information for Self-Represented Litigants for more information on stepparent adoption Florida forms.
See Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, and Florida Family Law Rule 12.200(a)(2) for further information.
With this petition you must file the following:
THIS ADOPTION MAY AFFECT THE ADOPTEE’S INHERITANCE.
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