Whether married parents divorce or unmarried parents separate, chances are that at least one parent will enter into a new marriage. Oftentimes, the new stepparent wishes to adopt the child(ren) of his or her spouse.
Florida legislature and the courts take adoption of stepchildren very seriously. The rights of a child’s biological parents are primary and will not be terminated unless a good reason exists to do so. When deciding whether to grant an adoption, the court’s utmost consideration is the best interests of the child. The court also considers the interests of both the biological parent and the adoptive parent.