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Clearwater Adoption Lawyer

Legal Guidance For Adoptive Parents and Mothers With Unplanned Pregnancies

There are many options to choose from when adopting a child, and all carry a degree of legal complexity. The Florida foster home system has children of all ages, and adoptions from the foster care system are actually the most common throughout the U.S., with 135,000 foster care adoptions occurring every year, according to the Public Broadcasting System(PBS). Adoptions from other states, as well as other countries, can add another layer of complication, and an attorney is an absolute necessity in these cases. While many adoptions are planned, adopting a child from a friend or family when a death or tragedy has occurred may be something that you have a moral obligation to do. We assist clients with all types of adoptions, both in-state and out. Similarly, mothers who are seeking to give their child up for adoption will benefit greatly by working with an attorney. You have rights, and can terminate the pregnancy up to a certain date, as well as terminate the adoption agreement up until you have signed the final consent to give up parental rights documentation. We understand that you have many questions and concerns, and a Clearwater adoption lawyer can help you with these questions, such as:

  • Will I be allowed to have contact after the birth?
  • Does the father have to agree?
  • How should I choose a family?
  • Can my expenses be covered by the adoptive family?


Surrogacy is the process of artificially inseminating a surrogate (or host) with the intended father’s sperm. Sometimes, a donor’s sperm is used. In vitro fertilization with a host is a technical process that occurs when the intended mother’s fertilized egg is implanted into the host. Surrogacy is an expensive and often stressful position for intended parents, and is an emotionally challenging time for the surrogate. A surrogate can keep the child until she has signed the final consent to give up her parental rights have been signed, or if she changes her mind within 48 hours after the birth of the child. Similarly, the adoptive parents can change their mind in this 48 hour time period as well. Under statute 742.15, the adoptive parents must also be legally married.

Contact Our Clearwater Adoption Lawyers Today for Help

Whether you are hoping to adopt a child or you are giving up an unborn child or newborn to adoption, it is highly recommended that you speak with an attorney during this major life decision. Not only will an attorney make sure that all of your I’s are dotted and your T’s crossed, but an experienced Clearwater adoption lawyer will offer legal peace of mind that everything legally controllable will go to plan. It is common for a pregnant mother to get cold feet, or for an adoption to fall through for other reasons, and by working with an attorney you can mitigate and plan for many of these hurdles. Contact the adoption lawyers with Cairns Law at 727-683-1472 for help.

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