Under Florida adoption law, to qualify as a relative the adult must be related to the child within the “third degree of consanguinity.” This means the adult must be biologically related to the child, and not merely through marriage, and includes the following relations:
- Aunts & Uncles
- First Cousins
- Great Grandparents
- Nieces & Nephews
According to Section 63.032(16) of the Florida Statutes a relative is defined as “a person related by blood to the person being adopted within the third degree of consanguinity.” This is grandparents, siblings, uncles, aunts, 1st cousins, but also includes more distant relatives such as great grandparents, great uncles and aunts, 1st cousins once removed, 2nd cousins, 1st cousins twice removed, and 2nd cousins twice removed. Any relative not within the third-degree bloodline will not be able to use this simplified process and will need an attorney. Please see our Resource page for Attorney’s information.
Our team here at TJ’s Legal Document Services is here to assist you when parents become unable to look after their children, there is a streamlined process that enables relatives to adopt members of their own family. The legal procedures for family adoptions, outlined in Chapter 63 of the Florida Statutes, are intended to be simple enough to enable people to handle their adoption without an attorney. This doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, but we here assist.
More distant relatives wishing to adopt would have to follow the standard adoption procedure.
TJ'S Legal Document Services have all the forms you will need, in order to process and secure your family’s adoption.