We Handle Stepparent Adoptions

If you have children from a previous marriage or relationship, or you want to provide the children of a spouse with the legal benefits that come from adopting them, you want an experienced attorney to help you through the stepparent adoption process. The process can be different, depending on whether you have the consent of the other biological parent. You want a lawyer who has successfully helped others in similar circumstances.

Our attorney, Philip J. Schipani, has personally gone through a stepparent adoption, adopting his now 4-year-old daughter. This personal experience gives us a unique knowledge of the emotional toll of these situations, and lends us insight into ways to help you through all aspects of your case.

At Schipani and Norman, P.A., we work with men and women throughout southwest Florida who need legal counsel to complete a stepparent adoption. In all family law matters, we place a high priority on the interests of your family, helping you identify solutions that protect your children.

We understand that family law matters can involve a lot of stress and anxiety, and we try to get you through the process as quickly and easily as possible. Call us at 941-549-8981 to schedule a consultation.

Our Counsel In Stepparent Adoptions

We handle all matters related to stepparent adoptions, including situations where the parents were legally married and divorced, as well as circumstances where the noncustodial parent has never played an active role in the child's life. There are many complicated presumptions under the law in this area, including presumptions around children born during a marriage. You need an experienced attorney to help you protect your rights and your child, and help you secure the adoption of your stepchild.

Before a stepparent can legally adopt a child, there must be a termination of the biological parent's rights. Often, we can help you obtain the consent of the noncustodial parent to the termination of rights, which makes the process easier. However, in circumstances where the other biological parent either refuses to relinquish parental rights or cannot be found, we will file a motion on your behalf seeking the termination of parental rights. If the motion is served, and the noncustodial parent does not respond, your motion may be granted by default.

In most situations, we can combine the motion to terminate parental rights with the request to grant the stepparent adoption and make the process more efficient.

Contact Schipani and Norman, P.A.

For a consultation, contact us online or call us at 941-549-8981 to set up an appointment. We are available to meet with clients weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., and evenings and weekends by request. Our office is conveniently located in downtown Sarasota, near the courthouse.