All parents want to ensure that their children are protected if something bad should ever happen to them. However, unmarried same-sex parents may face different challenges than other parents.
In Florida, same-sex marriage became legal on January 6, 2015. Many same-sex couples who have recently married now must revise their estate plans to reflect their marital status. Others who are unmarried partners may wish to have their estate plans reviewed or modified to ensure that their children are protected.
At the Law Office of Cheryl Bucker, P.A., our lawyers understand the unique needs of same-sex parents. To schedule a free consultation to learn about your specific options, please complete our online contact form.
Protecting Your Parental Rights Through Stepparent Adoption
If you and your partner had a child together in Florida, it is possible that only one of your names appears on the birth certificate. If your partner’s name does not appear on the birth certificate, there are still steps that you can take to support and protect your partner’s relationship with the child. Some of the documents to be considered are:
- Filing a joint petition for adoption by stepparent
- Last will and testament
- Trust under will
- Authorization to consent to the medical treatment of a minor
We invite you to come to our office to discuss your specific needs and goals to discover what options are best for your family. We can help you with other estate planning matters as well.
Contact Our Experienced Estate Planning Attorneys Today
We are experienced in estate planning and family law for LGBT couples. We can help ensure that your plan is up to date. To schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss your estate planning needs, please call our office at 954-773-8983 or toll-free at 888-392-5781.