My question involves adoption law for the State of: FLORIDA
I have a quick question concerning step-parent adoption. Well, two actually.
First, my husband and I have raised my daughter together for three years, during which time her biological father has had no contact, but has paid child support and lives in Germany (Army service member). My husband and I have started the step-parent adoption process and my ex has consented to the adoption, relinquishing his parental rights. All the forms are signed and he has been very cooperative (thank God). My question is, during the hearing where his parental rights are terminated, must he appear in court? I assumed that the waiver that he signed was sufficient, it never occured to me that he may actually have to fly all the way to Florida for a court hearing. My fear is that he may be less cooperative if he received that news.
Secondly, my husband is currently on his way to Iraq and will be there in two months. In the event that his court hearing for the adoption is scheduled during his overseas deployment, is there any way around him actually appearing in court, i.e. a power of attorney, etc?
We cannot really afford a lawyer and are attempting the process entirely pro-se, but it seems a bit daunting...