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Petition for Adoption of Adult by Stepparent

The following form has to be used in the case of a stepparent adopting the adult child of his/her spouse. Both written consent of the adult child being adopted and the spouse (in case they were married) is required.

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Instructions for 	Florida	 Supreme	 Court	 Approved	 Family	 Law	 Form	 12.981(c)(1),	 Petition	 for	 Adoption	 of 	
Adult	 by	 Stepparent	 (11/15)	 	
INSTRUCTIONS FOR SUPREME COURT APPROVED FAMILY	 LAW FORM	 	
12.981(c)(1)	 	
PETITION 	FOR ADOPTION OF ADULT BY STEPPARENT	 (11/15)	 	
 	
When should this form be	 used?	 	
 
This  form  should  be  used when  a  stepparent  is  adopting  his or  her 	spouse’s 	adult 	child. 	 You must  obtain 	
the written consent of the adult child to be adopted, as well as the writte	n consent of his or her spouse (if	 	
married).	 	
 
This	 form	 should	 be	 typed	 or printed	 in black	 ink.	  The	 name	 to be	 given	 to the	 adoptee	 after	 the	 adoption 	
should  be  used  in  the  heading  of  the 	petition	.  The  stepparent  is  the 	petitioner	,  because  he  or  she  is  the 	
one who is asking the court for legal action. 	 You must have your signature witnessed by a 	notary public 	or 	
deputy	 clerk	. 	
 
After  completing  this  form,  you  should 	file 	the  original  with  the 	clerk  of  the  circuit  court 	in  the  county 	
where either you or the adoptee live and keep a copy for your	 records.	 	
 	
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING	 E-FILING	 	
 
The	 Florida	 Rules	 of Judicial	 Administration	 now	 require	 that	 petitions,	 pleadings,	 and	 documents	 be	 filed 	
electronically  except  in  certain  circumstances. 	 Self	-represented  litigants  may  file  a  petition  or  other 	
pleadings  electronically;  however,  they  are  not  required  to  do  so. 	 If  you  choose  to  file  your  petition,  or 	
other  pleading  or  document  electronical	ly,  you  must  do  so  in  accordance  with  Florida  Rule  of  Judicial 	
Administration  2.525,  and  you  must  follow  the  procedures  of  the  judicial  circuit  in  which  you  file. 	 The 	
rules and procedures should be carefully read and	 followed.	 	
 	
What should I do	 next?	 	
 
For 	your  case  to  proceed,  you  must  have  the  written  consent  of  the  adoptee,  and  his  or  her  spouse  if 	
married.	 Consent	 of the	 birth	 parent	 is not	 required,	 but	 written	 notice	 of the	 final	 hearing	 on	 the	 adoption 	
must  be  provided  to  the  parents,  if  any,  or  proof	 of  service  of  process  must  be  filed  showing  notice  has 	
been	 served	 on	 the	 parents.	  If you	 know	 where	 they	 live,	 you	 must	 use	 personal	 service	.  If you	 absolutely 	
do	 not	 know	 where	 they	 live,	 you	 may	 use	 constructive	 service	.  For	 more	 information	 about	 personal	 and 	
constructive service, you should refer the 	General Instructions for Self	-Represented Litigants 	found at the 	
beginning  of  these  forms  and  the  instructions  to  Florida  Family  Law  Rules  of  Procedure  Forms  12.910(a) 
and  12.913(b)  and  Florida  Suprem	e  Court  Approved  Family  Law  Form  12.913(a). 	 However,  the  law	 	
regarding	 constructive	 service	 is very	 complex	 and	 you	 may	 wish	 to consult	 an	 attorney	 regarding	 that issue.	 	
 
When  you  have  filed  all  of  the  required  forms  and  met  the  requirements  for  consent  as	 outlined 	above,	 	
you	 are	 ready	 to set	 a hearing	 on	 your	 petition.	  You	 should	 check	 with	 the	 clerk	 of court,	 family	 law	 intake 	
staff	,  or 	judicial  assistant 	to  set  a 	final  hearing	,  and  notify  the  other  party(ies)  using  a 	Notice  of  Hearing 	
(General)	,  Florida  Supreme  Court  Approved  Family  Law  Form  12.923,  or  other  appropriate  notice  of 	
hearing	 form.

Instructions for 	Florida	 Supreme	 Court	 Approved	 Family	 Law	 Form	 12.981(c)(1),	 Petition	 for	 Adoption	 of 	
Adult	 by	 Stepparent	 (11/15)	 	
 	
IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING E	-SERVICE	 ELECTION	 	
 
After  the  initial  service  of  process  of  the  petition  or  supplemental  petition  by  the  Sheriff  or  certified 
process  server,  the  Florida  Rules  of  Judicial  Administration  now  require  that  all  documents  requir	ed  or 	
permitted  to  be  served  on  the  other  party  must  be  served  by  electronic  mail  (e	-mail)  except  in  certain 	
circumstances. 	 You  must strictly comply with  the  format  requirements set  forth  in  the  Rules  of  Judicial 	
Administration.	  If you	 elect	 to participate	 in electronic	 service,	 which	 means	 serving	 or receiving	 pleadings 	
by  electronic  mail  (e	-mail),  or  through  the  Florida  Courts  E	-Filing  Portal,  you 	must 	review  Florida  Rule  of 	
Judicial  Administration  2.516. 	 You may  find  this  rule  at 	www.flcourts.org	 through  the  link  to  the  Rules  of 	
Judicial  Administration  provided  under  either  Family  Law  Forms:  Getting  Started,  or  Rules  of  Court  in  the 
A-Z Topical	 Index.	 	
 
SELF	-REPRESENTED 	LITIGANTS	 MAY 	SERVE 	DOCUMENTS 	BY 	E-MAIL; 	HOWEVER, 	THEY 	ARE	 NOT	 	
REQUIRED  TO  DO  SO. 	 If  a  self	-represented  litigant  elects  to  serve  and  receive  documents  by  e	-mail,  the 	
procedures must always be followed once the initial election is	 made.	 	
 
To  serve  and  re	ceive  documents  by  e	-mail,  you  must  designate  your  e	-mail  addresses  by  using  the 	
Designation  of  Current  Mailing  and  E	-mail  Address	,  Florida  Supreme  Court  Approved  Family  Law  Form 	
12.915,	 and	 you	 must	 provide	 your	 e-mail	 address	 on	 each	 form	 on	 which	 your	 signature	 appears.	  Please 	
CAREFULLY 	read  the  rules  and  instructions  for: 	Certificate  of  Service  (General), 	Florida  Supreme  Court 	
Approved	 Family	 Law	 Form	 12.914;	 Designation	 of Current	 Mailing	 and	 E-mail	 Address	, Florida	 Supreme 	
Court Approved Family Law 	Form 12.915; and Florida Rule of Judicial Administration	 2.516.	 	
 	
Where can I look for more	 information?	 	
 
Before  proceeding,  you  should  read  General  Information  for  Self	-Represented  Litigants  found  at  the 	
beginning  of  these  forms. 	 See  Chapter  63,  Florida  St	atutes,  and  Florida  Family  Law  Rule  12.200(a)(2)  for 	
further	 information.	 	
Special	 notes...	 	
 
With this petition you must file the following	 forms:	 	
 
 	Stepparent  Adoption:  Consent  of  Adoptee	,  Florida  Supreme  Court  Approved  Family  Law  Form 	
12.981(a)(2)	 	
 	
 	Stepparent  Adoption:  Consent  of  Adult  Adoptee’s  Spouse	,  Florida  Supreme  Court  Approved  Family 	
Law Form 12.981(c)(2), if the adoptee is	 married	  
 	
THIS ADOPTION MAY AFFECT THE ADOPTEE’S	 INHERITANCE.	 	
 
Remember,	 a person	 who	 is NOT	 an	 attorney	 is called	 a nonlawyer.	  If a nonlawyer	 helps	 you	 fill	 out	 these 	
forms,  that  person  must  give  you  a  copy  of  a 	Disclosure  from  Nonlawyer	,  Florida  Family  Law  Rules  of 	
Procedure Form 12.900 (a), before he or she helps you. 	 A nonlawyer helping you fill out these f	orms also

Instructions for 	Florida	 Supreme	 Court	 Approved	 Family	 Law	 Form	 12.981(c)(1),	 Petition	 for	 Adoption	 of 	
Adult	 by	 Stepparent	 (11/15)	 	
must 	put his or her name, address, and telephone number on the bottom of the last page of every form he 	
or she helps you	 complete.

Florida	 Supreme	 Court	 Approved	 Family	 Law	 Form	 12.981(c)(1),	 Petition	 for	 Adoption	 of Adult	 by	 	
Stepparent	 (11/15)	 
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 	__________________ 	JUDICIAL CIRCUIT,	 	
IN AND FOR 	__________________ 	COUNTY, FLORIDA	 	
 	
Case No.:	 _______________________	 	
Division:	 _______________________	 	
IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF	 	
 
 
 
_________________________________________	, 	
{use name to be given to the minor child} Adoptee.	 	
 	
PETITION FOR ADOPTION OF ADULT BY	 STEPPARENT	 	
 
Petitioner, 	{full	 legal	 name}	 ____________________________________________________________	, files 	
this	 petition	 for adoption of the 	above	-named adult, pursuant to Chapter 63, Florida Statutes, and	 states:	 	
 	
1. This is an action for adoption of an adult by the adult’s stepparent,	 Petitioner.	 	
 
2. I desire to adopt 	{adult’s full	 legal	 name}	 ______________________________________________	, 	
who was born	 on 	{date}	 ______________________________	, at 	{city, county, and	 state}	 ___________	 	
___________________________________________________________________________________	. 	
 
3. I desire to adopt the adult	 because:	 ______	_____________________________________________	 	
____________________________________________________________________________________	 	
____________________________________________________________________________________	 	
 
4. I am	 _____ 	years old, and I have resided	 at {address}	 ____________________________________	_, 	
 	_______________________________________________________	, Florida	 for	 _________	_ years.	 	
 
5. The adoptee’s name	 shall	 be:	 ________________________________________________________	 	
 
6. The adoptee’s birth parents	 are:	 	
____________________________________	 	 	__________________________________	 	
Father’s	 Name	  	 	 	 	 	Birth date	 	
 	 	
 	__________________________________	______________________________________________	 	
Address	 	
 	 
____________________________________	 	 	__________________________________	 	
Mother’s	 Name	  	 	 	 	 	Birth date	 	
 	__________________________________	______________________________________________	 	
Address

Florida	 Supreme	 Court	 Approved	 Family	 Law	 Form	 12.981(c)(1),	 Petition	 for	 Adoption	 of Adult	 by	 	
Stepparent	 (11/15)	 	
7. Notice.  	Notice to the birth parents was	 made	 by	: ________	_______________________________.	 	
 
8. Consent.	 	
{Indicate 	all 	that	 apply}	 	
 
a. _____	 The consent of the adoptee is	 attached.	 	
b. _____	 The adoptee is married to 	{full legal name of adoptee	’s spouse}	, ______________	___	___ 	
__________________________________________ 	and the consent of the spouse is	 attached.	 	
c. _____	 The adoptee is not	 married.	 	
 
9. Written notice of this final hearing was provided to the parents or proof of service of process 
showing notice has been served on the parents is	 attached.	 	
 
WHEREFORE, I request 	that this Court enter a Final Judgment of Adoption of the Adult by Petitioner 	
Stepparent and change the name of the	 adoptee.

Florida	 Supreme	 Court	 Approved	 Family	 Law	 Form	 12.981(c)(1),	 Petition	 for	 Adoption	 of Adult	 by	 	
Stepparent	 (11/15)	 	
I understand that I am swearing or affirming under oath to the truthfulness of the claims made in this 
petition and that the punis	hment for knowingly making a false statement includes fines and/or 	
imprisonment.	 	
 
 
Dated:	 ____________________	  	 	 	_______________________________________	 	
Signature of	 Party	 	
Printed	 Name: ___________________________	 	
Address:  _______________________________	 	
City,	 State,	 Zip: __________________________	 	
Telephone	 Number:	 ______________________	 	
Fax	 Number: ____________________________	 	
Designated E	-mail	 Address(es): _____________	 	
_______________________________________	 	
 
STATE OF FLORIDA 	 	
COUNTY	 OF _________________	 	
 
Sworn	 to or 	affirmed	 and 	signed	 before	 me on __________ 	by __________________________________	. 	
 
 	
 	
NOTARY PUBLIC or DEPUTY	 CLERK	 	
 
 	
 	
{Print, type, or stamp commissioned name of notary or	 	
clerk.}	 	
 
 
_____	 Personally	 known	 	
_____	 Produced	 identification	 	
            	Type of identification	 produced	 _________________________	 	
 
 
 
 
IF A NONLAWYER HELPED YOU FILL OUT THIS FORM, HE/SHE MUST FILL IN THE BLANKS	 BELOW:	 	
[fill in 	all 	blanks] This form was prepared for the petitioner. 	 	
This form was completed with the assistance	 of:	 	
{name	 of individual} 	___________________________________________________________________	, 	
{name	 of business} ____________________________________________________________________	, 	
{address} 	____________________________________________________________________________	, 	
{city} ___	_________________	, {state}	 _____	, {zip	 code} __________	, {telephone	 number} ____________.
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