Step-Parent Adoption

Adopting can be a beautiful and life-changing decision. As a legal process that terminates the rights of a biological parent, the process can take years and be very costly. If you want to initiate an adoption, it is imperative that you have an experienced Gainesville family law attorney to guide you through it. Adoption laws vary from state to state and each case is unique.

When a stepparent considers adopting a stepchild, there are many factors to consider, including a biological parent agreeing to terminate their parental rights as well as gaining consent of the child if he or she is over 12 years old. Depending on the relationship with the biological parent, this process can be efficient and easy or slow and arduous. Contact McNeal Legal, LLC to help you understand your rights.