Adoption is the legal process by which a person becomes the legal parent of an existing child. Adoption laws vary widely by state.
Adopting can cover a wide range of circumstances, from international adoptions to private adoptions. A grandparent, relative or stepparent may adopt a child under a variety of circumstances.
Adoption can be a long, complicated, an expensive legal process. A local adoption attorney in Florida focused on family law cases can help the aspiring parents through the process, including dealing with adoption agencies.
Lawyers in Florida certified as a specialist in Adoption Law by the Florida Board of Legal Specialization have met the following minimum standards for adoption law certification, including practicing law for at least 5 years, having substantial involvement in the specialty of adoption law (50% or more), handling of at least 50 adoption placements or 15 contested adoption proceedings, and completing 30 hours of approved adoption law certification continuing legal education. Attorneys must also submit to peer review and pass a written examination. Learn more about Florida Bar's Board Certification in Adoption Law