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Interfamily & Stepparent Adoptions
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We Bring Blended Families Together Through Interfamily, Stepparent And Private Placement Adoptions

In Florida, a stepparent or other family member may adopt a child if one of the biological parents is willing to give up parental rights or if one parent’s rights should be terminated due to abandonment, neglect or abuse of the child. A skilled family law attorney can work to ensure that a family adoption is finalized as accurately and efficiently as possible.

At The Murphy Law Group, we take pride in offering personal and knowledgeable assistance to clients for a variety of family law issues, including stepparent and interfamily adoption. We will meet with you to understand your situation, guide you through the process at every step and work diligently to finalize the adoption.

A Florida Relative Adoption Attorney With Experience And Compassion

Adoptions by stepparents and other relatives typically fall into two categories:

  • Uncontested — all parties agree to the adoption
  • Contested — all parties do not agree, which means there will be a trial to prove the biological parent has abused, neglected or abandoned the child

Attorney Stephanie Murphy has extensive experience with both contested and uncontested family adoptions. For an uncontested adoption, she will work to terminate biological parental rights and finalize the adoption as quickly as possible. If the adoption is contested, she will thoroughly investigate and gather evidence for trial and work with you to build a strong case.

We understand there may be a degree of embarrassment associated with some of the information we gather, but we are not here to judge or shame — we are here to help you and your family.

Private Placement Adoptions

Private placement adoption occurs when a birth mother makes an arrangement with adoptive parents to place her child directly with them without the help of an agency. This adoption plan is often made before the child is born. This can be a delicate matter, so it is often advisable to seek the help of a private placement adoption attorney to ensure that the proper paperwork is in place.

We Can Help You Through The Journey Ahead

At The Murphy Law Group, family means everything to us, which is why we are so passionate about helping blended families successfully navigate the adoption process. We can help you put together the necessary consent forms, acknowledgements and petitions, as well as walk you through every step of the process.

We encourage you to contact our Sarasota office to schedule a free initial consultation. Call 941-584-9570 or send us a message using our online contact form, if it’s more convenient. We accept all major credit cards.