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.
Service means "giving a copy of the required papers to the other party using the procedure that the law requires."
There are 4 ways to make service:
Personal service means that "a summons and a copy of the forms you are filing with the court that must be personally served are delivered by a deputy sheriff or private process server directly to the other party, or to someone over the age of fifteen with whom the other party lives."
Personal service is required for all Florida divorce form petitions. You cannot serve these papers on the other party yourself or by mail or hand delivery.
Personal service must be made by the sheriff’s department or by a certified private process server in the county where the other party lives or works.
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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Florida Statutes 63.062 Persons required to consent to adoption; affidavit of nonpaternity; waiver of venue.
Florida Statutes 63.063 Responsibility of parents for actions; fraud or misrepresentation; contesting termination of parental rights and adoption.
Florida Statutes 63.064 Persons whose consent to an adoption may be waived.
Florida Statutes 63.082 Execution of consent to adoption or affidavit of nonpaternity; family social and medical history; withdrawal of consent.
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