Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A

Family Law
PFA, Adoption, Marital Agreements and more.

Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A is happy to assist with all of your Family Law needs. Besides the services that come along with Divorce, Custody, Support and Estate Planning, there are several other areas of the law in which you may seek advice.

• PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
• IN PENNSYLVANIA, THERE ARE SEVERAL REQUIREMENTS FOR A VALIDLY EXECUTED PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT.
• POSTNUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
• PRIVATE ADOPTION
• STEP-PARENT ADOPTION

STEP-PARENT ADOPTION
A step-parent adoption in Florida can be a fairly simple process, and it can be a wonderful step to take to complete the family unit. When the adoption is completed, the child will have the following benefits:

• New name is established (if desired)
• New birth certificate
• Two legal parents active in the child’s life
• Ability to inherit from adoptive parent

The child will have a relationship with the adoptive parent that is the same as if the child were born to the step-parent. The child’s new birth certificate will show the child’s new name and will have the adoptive parent and the natural parent listed as the child’s mother and father.

Judy-Ann Smith Law Firm, P.A can answer any legal questions you may have regarding a step-parent adoption.

• WHO CAN ADOPT?
• PARENTAL RIGHTS?
• CHILD’S CONSENT
• PROTECTION FROM ABUSE (PFA)
• WHAT IS A PROTECTION FOR ABUSE ORDER (PFA)?
• HOW CAN A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ORDER PROTECT ME?
• WHAT IS THE LEGAL DEFINITION OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IN FLORIDA?
• WHAT TYPES OF PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ORDERS ARE THERE? HOW LONG DO THEY LAST?
• IN WHICH COUNTY CAN I FILE FOR A PROTECTION FROM ABUSE ORDER?

NAME CHANGES IN FL
Many people wish to change their names, or the name of their minor child, in order to get a new start in life. Florida law governs the procedures by which a person’s name can be changed in the state of Florida. The Office of the Prothonotary in your county of residence is where you will submit the documents necessary to change your name. There are different procedures to follow, depending on the reason for changing your name and whether it involves an adult or a minor child. It is up to the Court whether to order a name change after a Hearing before a Judge.

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