St. Augustine Adoption Attorney
Searching for a lawyer for adoption in St. Augustine?
Are you searching for an attorney to assist you with an adoption matter
in St. Augustine? At the
Albaugh Law Firm, we take pride in helping families become "complete" through
the adoption process. Our lawyers have over 70 years of combined experience
to offer you, we have a former family law magistrate on our team (a judicial
family law cases), and we serve clients all throughout Flagler, Putnam, and St. Johns counties.
We understand how adoption is a very special matter, and one that requires
the right legal representation. To make things easier on clients during
the information gathering process, we offer complimentary consultations,
as well as evening and weekend appointments to further accommodate our
clients' busy schedules.
Adoption in Florida
Adoption is a legal procedure where through a court action, a child becomes
a part of a family other than that of his or her birth parents. Adoption
is a significant matter since it determines the entire future of a child
and permanently severs ties with the child's birth parents and relatives,
and transfers the child into a new family where he or she becomes a permanent member.
Once a child is adopted, it establishes a legal parent-child relationship
between the adopted child and the adoptive parents. This relationship
is identical to the legal relationship between biological parents and
A successful adoption is a joyful experience for all parties involved.
However, adoption is a complicated process and any individual or couple
considering adoption should fully educate themselves on the process as
well as the adoption complications that could arise. Florida recognizes
four types of adoptions:
- Entity Adoption (Agency or Intermediary Facilitated Adoption)
- Step-Parent Adoption
- Close Relative Adoption
- Adult Adoption
Step-parent adoptions frequently occur when one biological parent is willing
to give up their parental rights to a step-parent. After the adoption
is completed, the step-parent has all of the same rights and responsibilities
as a biological parent. With step-parent adoptions as with all Florida
adoptions, if the child is twelve or older, he or she must consent to
the adoption and be interviewed before signing the consent.
Adoption can be a positive, life-changing experience for all involved,
but it is also a complicated procedure that must be handled carefully.
If you are considering adoption, it's very important that you consult with a
St. Augustine family law attorney from the Albaugh Law Firm to ensure your rights are protected and everything
moves as smoothly as possible.