Form 12.981(C)(1) "Petition for Adoption of Adult by Stepparent" - Florida

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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 written 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 electronically, 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 Supreme 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)
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 written 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 electronically, 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 Supreme 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 required 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 receive 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 Administration2.516.
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 Statutes, 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 !doption: Consent of !dult !doptee’s Spouse, Florida Supreme Court Approved Family
Law Form 12.981(c)(2), if the adoptee is married
  !  !Y !    !’ 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 forms 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.
Instructions for 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)