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What is an Adult Adoption?

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It may come as a surprise, but not all adoptions involve young children! In fact, quite often, parents (whether single or married) may choose to adopt an adult who is not legally recognized as theirs.

Why Consider an Adult Adoption?

Parents in Florida may choose to adopt an adult for a variety of reasons. The adult adoptee may be the child of the parent's deceased spouse, the parent's stepchild, or the child of a close friend or relative. The adoptive parent may want to formalize the relationship with the adult adoptee for inheritance or medical decision-making purposes.

In most cases, the adoptive parent simply wants to show their love and commitment to the adoptee!

What are the Benefits?

Through an adult adoption, the adult being adopted can reap many benefits as they would have if they were the parent's legitimate child. Advantages of adult adoption include:

  • The ability to change their name, if they so choose
  • The right to inherit from the adoptive parent
  • The ability to make medical decisions on behalf of the adoptive parent in the event that they are unable to do so themselves
  • The legal recognition and confirmation of the parent and adoptee's relationship.

What is the Adult Adoption Process

Unlike adopting young children, the rules for adult adoption are much less rigorous. In essence, the process is as follows:

  1. Fill out a petition for adoption with the court.
  2. Have both parent(s) and adoptee(s) sign consent forms.
  3. Submit paperwork to the court.
  4. Appear before a judge who will make the final determination.

Of course, there are legal intricacies and other factors that are involved in the process, which is why it is essential to have an adoption lawyer by your side.

Finding Help with the Adoption Attorneys at Owenby Law, P.A.

If you are considering an adult adoption, working with a knowledgeable and experienced adoption lawyer can make the process much simpler. The lawyers at Owenby Law, P.A. have helped many families through the adult adoption process and can help guide you through every step of the way. Contact us today at (904) 770-3141 to schedule a consultation.

If you are navigating the adoption process, call us today at (904) 770-3141 or schedule a free initial consultation online by filling out our form.