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Treasure Coast, St. Lucie County Adoption Lawyer

Adoption can be one of the most fulfilling events in an individual's life. It takes a close bond one individual has with another and gives it legal status. While there are several types of adoption, our Fort Pierce adoption attorney at the Cunzo Law Firm is prepared to help you understand your legal options and establish the most beneficial type of adoption tailored to your circumstances.

Founding lawyer Kim A. Cunzo represents men and women in Florida throughout the Treasure Coast in a diverse range of adoption cases, primarily focusing on stepparent and relative adoptions. e-mail us to learn how our firm can assist you.

A St. Lucie County Stepparent Adoption Lawyer Helping You Establish a Family

Who May Adopt  A Child?

Adults who live and work in the state, are of good character, and have the ability to nurture and provide for a child may adopt. Single adults, as well as married couples, may adopt. A stepparent may adopt his or her spouse's children.

Having helped several families navigate the often complex adoption process for over five years, lawyer Kim A. Cunzo not only recognizes the concerns you may have, but can also help you successfully overcome them. Four types of adoptions exist in Florida: The entity adoption (an agency or intermediary facilitated adoption), the step-parent adoption, the close relative adoption, and the adult adoption. Each type of adoption has a unique procedure.

With a comprehensive understanding of Florida's extensive and stringent adoption laws, our attorney is committed to assisting you with establishing any of the four adoptions:

Entity Adoption: When pursuing the entity adoption, prospective adoptive parents must decide whether to pursue their adoption through an agency or an attorney ("intermediary"). This type of adoption involves any person who is not related to the child. Not only does an entity adoption require both biological parents to relinquish their parental rights, but it also entails a home study to be conducted by a third party agency. The agency will review the adoptive home and run a criminal background check on the individuals living in the home.

Attorney Kim A. Cunzo is deeply knowledgeable of the legal steps that are involved in an entity adoption, and is prepared to help you with:

  • Obtaining consent of the biological father and mother for the termination of parental rights by petitioning the court
  • Finding an agency to conduct the necessary home study
  • Handling all adoption paperwork

Because there are more legal steps involved in an entity adoption, especially in cases where the biological parents do not consent, these adoptions may take months or even years to conclude.

Stepparent adoption: Stepparent adoptions create a legal relationship between the child and his or her stepparent. After the adoption, the step-parent has all rights and responsibilities of the biological parent. In step-parent adoptions, as with all other adoptions, if the child is twelve years of age or older, he or she must give his/her consent to the adoption and must be interviewed prior to signing the consent.

When you consult with the Cunzo Law Firm regarding a stepparent adoption, you can expect our lawyer to work closely with you to learn about your family and help you understand the steps that need to be taken to establish the adoption. Our firm will help you:

  • Obtain the consent of the biological father or mother for the termination of parental rights
  • File the necessary stepparent adoption pleadings
  • Represent you in family court in the event that the biological mother or father does not consent in the termination of his or her parental rights
  • Represent you in family court at the Final Hearing for Adoption

In a stepparent adoption, as long the biological mother or father has been properly served, and has consented to the adoption, or if the biological parent fails to attend the final hearing, the judge will enter a Final Judgment of Adoption, thereby terminating the biological parent's parental rights. In addition, no home study is required in a stepparent adoption, making the process quicker.

In addition to stepparent and non-relative adoption, the Cunzo Law Firm can assist you with grandparent adoptions, relative adoptions (when a minor is related to one of the adoptive parents within the third degree of consanguinity), same gender/sex adoptions, and adult adoptions, as well as help you find other resources regarding additional adoption services.

Our goal at the Cunzo Law Firm is to help you create realistic expectations in your adoption case by educating you of the laws and the legal processes involved in the type of adoption you wish to establish. We are committed to assisting you, and will make this process as easy and efficient as possible.

Contact the Cunzo Law Firm Today

We invite you to contact the Cunzo Law Firm at 772-318-4921, or e-mail us, for a confidential phone or office consultation regarding your family law matter. Our business hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday, evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. We represent clients throughout the Treasure Coast. In addition to full representation, we offer limited scope appearances on an hourly basis. Discounted pricing is also available for law enforcement, veterans, and members of the military. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover credit cards are accepted.

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Cunzo Law Firm
601 Citrus Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Phone: 772-318-4921
Toll Free: 866-965-2696
Fax: 772-409-4373
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