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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.
  • Unmarried.

The Adoption process is complex and we offer clear and concise legal advice to anyone looking to engage in this process.

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