Adoption Lawyer

Orlando and Kissimmee Adoption Attorney providing professional Adoption and other Family Law legal services in Orlando, Kissimmee and Central Florida. Contact Lawyer, Lazaro G. Blanco, Esq., today at 407.344.5577.

Adoption creates a legal relationship declaring that the child is legally the child of the adoptive parents and their heir at law, and is entitled to all of the rights and privileges of a biological child. A husband and wife, as well as an unmarried adult, or a married person may adopt. Homosexuals may not adopt. Any person (minor or adult) may be adopted.

Consent. Unless there is a ground for terminating parental rights, the following persons must consent:

  • the mother of the minor

  • the father of the minor

  • the person being adopted if he is an adult or a minor 12 years of age or older

  • any person lawfully entitled to custody of the minor

  • the court having jurisdiction to determine custody of the minor (if parental rights have already been terminated, the adoption agency where the minor has been placed may consent)

Unmarried Biological Father. The interests of the state, the mother, the child, and the adoptive parents outweigh the interest of an unmarried biological father who does not take action in a timely manner to establish and demonstrate a relationship with his child. To preserve the right to notice and consent to an adoption, an unmarried biological father must file a notarized claim of paternity form with the Florida Putative Father Registry.

Termination of Parental Rights Prior to Adoption. Prior to granting an adoption, the Court must determine whether the minor is legally available for adoption through a separate proceeding terminating parental rights pending adoption. the court may terminate parental rights pending adoption only after a fill evidentiary hearing in which the court determines by clear and convincing evidence that each person whose consent to the adoption is required:

  1. has consented to the adoption or executed an affidavit of non-paternity

  2. has been served with notice of the intended adoption plan but has failed to respond within the designated time period

  3. has been properly served notice but has failed to file a written answer or appear at the hearing

  4. has abandoned the minor

  5. has been judicially declared incapacitated

  6. is unreasonably withholding consent to the adoption

If you must address child adoption or other family law issues in Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, or the surrounding Central Florida area, speak to an experienced adoption attorney - lawyer at BLANCO LAW CENTER, PA. today by calling 407.344.5577 or by using our online case evaluation form.