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Stepparent adoption

Discussion in 'Adoption' started by Venussirena, Nov 7, 2013.

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  1. Venussirena

    Venussirena Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I am trying to find out if I need to be married to my fiancé to do a step parent adoption. I have been raising his almost 2 yr old daughter for half of her life now. Her birth mother has not been in her life for over 13 months. She neglected her and DCF took her in July 2012. My fiancé then got custody if her. DCF told us she still has rights to his daughter. Is there anything we can do to terminate her rights to this child? Is there anything we can do to give me rights before we marry?
     
  2. Betty3

    Betty3 Super Moderator

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    No, you cannot do a "step parent" adoption of your fiance's child. DCF is correct - she (Mother) still has rights to her daughter.
     
  3. Venussirena

    Venussirena Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I have seen there is something called a second parent adoption. Is this something we can do? We are trying to at lest terminate the birth mothers rights.
     
  4. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    I have heard of no such thing please tell us your source of this info
     
  5. Venussirena

    Venussirena Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I found it online while looking for stepparent adoption info
     
  6. shrinkmaster

    shrinkmaster Well-Known Member

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    Online where? Was it a legal site or what?
     
  7. Venussirena

    Venussirena Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Childwelfare.gov but as I read further it sounds like it's for same sex couples.
     
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    army judge Super Moderator

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    LOL, yeah, that will ever happen, no case.
     
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    Second parent adoption isn't technically solely for same-sex unions - though it's by FAR used more often in those cases.

    Alas, in Florida it just isn't going to happen. Period, end of story, The End.

    The ONLY way this OP is going to have legal rights is if she does indeed go through a stepparent adoption.

    There is a question that needs to be asked though.

    OP, in the event of you and Dad divorcing would you comfortable paying him child support?

    Would HE be comfortable with YOU having custody and having to pay you child support?

    Very simply, the court is not going to give you rights when you and Dad haven't made a legal commitment to each other.
     
  10. Betty3

    Betty3 Super Moderator

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    & the bio Mother also has rights. (unless terminated by a court or she gives them up)
     
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2013

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