Lawyer, Susan J. Best
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1869 N. Crystal Lake Drive, Lakeland, FL 33801

Lakeland Step-Parent Adoption Lawyer

Lakeland Step-Parent Adoption Lawyer, providing professional Step-Parent Adoption Attorney Services in Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County and Central Florida

Best Law, PLLC

Call 863.333.0568 to speak with Attorney, Susan J. Best about your Step-Parent Adoption legal needs.

Our law firm only handles adoption cases involving step-parent adoptions. Such is in a case where a parent has remarried, and the biological parent is willing to consent to the new spouse adopting a child, or the biological parent has passed away, where the biological parent has abandoned the child.

Sometimes we have cases when a parent leaves the country and has absolutely no contact the child, and sometimes have no way of knowing if the parent is even alive. I’ve even handled step-parent adoptions where the mother was raped and had no way of knowing with a biological father was. The person was never prosecuted.

So, if you do know who the biological father is, and where the biological father is, the only way to proceed with a step-parent adoption is if the biological father legally consents to the adoption by the step-parent.

In very limited cases there may be situations where the step-parent adoption can proceed if a court has legally stripped the biological father of his parental rights. If extreme circumstances exist and you wish to have the biological father’s parental rights legally taken away, you can file a motion for termination of parental rights. Usually, the termination of prayer rights is filed in handled by the state Department of Children and Family Services. If you choose to take this step, it will not be a quick process. The Department of Children and Family Services takes termination of parental rights cases very seriously and undergo a very lengthy and thorough process to determine if they should make a recommendation for the termination of parental rights.

There is a private way in the legal system to seek the termination of parental rights, but the burden of proof and evidence, not to mention the hefty cost and financial burden will be solely on you.

Protect your legal rights. Contact an experienced Lakeland Adoption Attorney - Lawyer at BEST LAW, PLLC.

Call 863.333.0568 to schedule a confidential legal consultation with SUSAN J. BEST, an experienced Lakeland Step-Parent Adoption Attorney.

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Lawyer, Susan J Best

About Attorney, Susan J. Best

Susan J Best is the founder of the law firm BEST LAW, PLLC.

A fourth-generation native of Lakeland, Ms. Best graduated from Lakeland High School in 1982.

Ms. Best earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Management degree from the University of Central Florida in 1986, where she majored in Accounting.

Ms. Best then earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 1989.

Between 1989 and 1995, Ms. Best served as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Court in Bartow, Florida. While a staff attorney, Ms. Best was first assigned to the Family Division and then was promoted to work with the Chief Judge handling appeals and probate matters.

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Attorney, Susan J. Best has extensive experience in assisting Lakeland, Winter Haven, Bartow, Polk County, and Central Florida residents and visitors who require professional Step-Parent Adoption and Family Law legal services.

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