Adoption is a wonderful process -- a person or couple opens their home and heart to a new child who needs a family. The process can be complex in Florida, and an attorney is often a quintessential aide in navigating adoption.Who can adopt a child? In Florida, adults...
Who needs to consent to stepparent adoption?
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Jun 2, 2017 | Adoption
A stepparent may want to adopt his or her stepchild and make the child one's own. However, in order for this adoption to move forward, the stepparent needs to gain consent from both biological parents.Let's say, for example, that a man gets married to a woman with two...
Would-be adoptive parents face a difficult time
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | May 12, 2017 | Adoption
It's not a good time to be an adoptive parent in the United States.Increasingly, the odds of an easy adoption are getting slimmer and slimmer -- and this is giving rise to both dashed hopes and adoption fraud. Part of the problem is that there are more restrictions on...
When a person desires to adopt a relative
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Apr 19, 2017 | Adoption
All kinds of unique situations can come up within a family. Sometimes, situations arise which lead a person to want to adopt one of their relatives.Here in Florida, there are special rules related to relative adoptions. Under these rules, such adoptions are subject to...
Common questions associated with adoption court
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Jan 20, 2017 | Adoption
As excited as you may be about the adoption process, don't overlook the fact that this can be a challenging and somewhat tricky process. This isn't mean to scare you away. It's meant to show you that there are many steps you need to take as you move through the court...
In Florida, November is adoption month
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Nov 16, 2016 | Adoption
Florida Gov. Rick Scott has named November as Florida Adoption Month. With the help of the Florida Department of Children and Families, Scott has initiated the "30 Days of Amazing Children" campaign.Every day of the month, the Florida Department of Children and...
New Florida adoption law focuses on best interest of children
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Jul 7, 2016 | Adoption
It seems to be human nature to want to protect children from harm, especially when those children are particularly vulnerable. Because adoption hearings are held privately, people in Florida may have taken for granted that the law was looking out for children....
Step-parent adoption paused during custody battle
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Feb 25, 2016 | Adoption
An unusual case has sparked debate in Florida and elsewhere, as one state's courts delve into the definition of what it means to be a parent. The matter has led to the halt of one couple's step-parent adoption while the issue is sorted out in court. The outcome of the...
Fathers’ rights win after fraudulent adoption
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Sep 28, 2015 | Adoption
After a lengthy and difficult legal battle, a father has been reunited with his daughter, and he is working to establish a bond with the child he temporarily lost due to a wrongful adoption. The case has garnered headlines in Florida and across the nation, and it is...
Hundreds of Florida foster children need permanent homes
On Behalf of Law Office of Rebekah Brown-Wiseman, P.A. | Apr 20, 2015 | Adoption
Most Floridians would likely agree that parents provide the building blocks upon which a child learns, develops, grows and achieves in life. Additionally, having a strong and stable family structure helps provide the tools a child needs to succeed in school and,...
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