Adoption is the process whereby a person or a couple who are not a child's biological parents apply to become a child's parents. This gives them full legal and parental responsibility for the child.
Who can be adopted?
- The child being adopted must be under the age of 18 at the time of the application being made.
- An order cannot be made if the child is or has been married or in a civil partnership.
- The child must be habitually resident or present in England & Wales when the application is made.
Who can adopt?
An application can be made by a couple where:
- They are aged over 21 years.
- At least one of the Applicants is domiciled in part of the British Islands or;
- Both of the couple have been habitually resident in part of the British Islands for a period of at least one year ending with the date of the application.
- Documentary evidence of marriage is provided.
Sole Applicants can adopt provided:
- They are domiciled in the British Islands or habitually resident for at least one year.
- 21 years old.
The Adoption process is complex and we offer clear and concise legal advice to anyone looking to engage in this process.