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Fort Lauderdale Adoption Lawyer

Miami-Dade County related and stepparent adoption lawyer

Broward County Adoption Attorney for Open, Closed, or Related Adoptions in South Florida

Adopting a child can be a beautiful way to expand or blend your family. Whether you are a step-parent seeking to adopt your spouse's child or a couple hoping to adopt a newborn through an agency, our attorneys can help. There are a variety of ways to adopt in Florida, depending on your reasons for adopting and whether you are already related to the child.

Becoming a parent through adoption has the potential to be a complicated process, especially for those adopting an unrelated child. There are steps that must be taken to clear a potential parent for adoption, and a number of decisions will need to be made about how the adoption arrangement will work. The Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. supports adoptive parents in their journey from day one until the day they go home with their new son or daughter.

Pompano Beach Lawyers for Related Adoption

The adoption process may be somewhat streamlined for those who plan to adopt a child they are related to. Adoption by a step-parent can be a beautiful way to fully integrate a blended family when a stepmother or stepfather is already serving as a parent. Special Florida law provisions mean that a step-parent adoption can sometimes go through, even if the non-custodial biological parent is uncooperative.

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives may choose to adopt the child of a relative who is not capable of caring for the child or who has passed away. If the parent's estate plan left guidance as to who the child should be placed with, the court may give priority to those named. Our firm can also assist with managing a minor's trust for children adopted by a relative.

The Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. is a family-run law firm that understands the importance of family. If you need to adopt a child from within your family, our lawyers will fight to help you do so.

Attorneys for Open or Closed Adoption

For clients seeking to become parents by adopting an unrelated child, our firm is here to help you grow your family. You will have several choices to make regarding the nature of the adoption. Working with an agency can be a more intensive process, but finding private placement may take longer. Further, you will be asked to choose between open and closed adoption.

In a traditional closed adoption, the child has no further contact with his or her birth parents after he or she is placed. Some adoptive parents may prefer to raise their child without the birth parents involved. Others choose an open adoption, where the adoptive family stays in contact with one or both of the birth parents. A post-adoption contact agreement is typically created. These agreements are generally not legally enforceable, although there is potential for litigation. Families may agree to anything from frequent in-person visits to occasional letters.

Whether you ultimately choose an open or closed adoption, it is important to seek the advice of an adoption attorney. Our attorneys will carefully discuss the legal implications, risks, and benefits of each type of adoption with you so that you can make a strong, informed decision about what is right for your family.

Call a Fort Lauderdale Adoption Attorney

If you are seeking to adopt for any reason in South Florida, the Law Office of Miller & Miller, P.A. will keep advocating for you until you are home with your new child. We serve clients in Broward County, including Pompano Beach, Fort Lauderdale, and Oakland Park. Contact us at 954-981-9301 to schedule a free consultation.

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