When an adult, or adults, adopt a child in the UK they assume the full legal and parental responsibility for that child. The granting of an official adoption order through the family court means that all legal ties with the birth family are severed and all parental rights are transferred to the adoptive parents.
Adoption orders are made under The Adoption and Children Act 2002 and anyone entering into an adoption is advised to seek legal advice from their family law solicitor, so that the full legal ramifications can be explained and fulfilled. This is especially necessary if a family wishes to adopt a child from overseas.
When a child is adopted he or she becomes a full member of the adoptive family, taking the family surname and assuming the same rights as the biological children of the family – this includes inheritance rights.
Who is eligible to become an adopter in the UK
To become an adoptive parent applicants must apply through an appropriate adoption centre or the Family Proceedings Court (magistrates’ court). The following persons are eligible to make an application:
- single persons over the age of 21 (irrespective of sexual orientation)
- the partner of a prospective adopted child’s parent
- couples – married, civil-partnered and co-habiting couples (heterosexual and same sex) who are in a stable family relationship
All applications will be considered based upon whether the prospective adopter can meet the child’s needs and an adoption order will only be granted if the court decides that it is in the child’s best interests.
Adopting a child from abroad has its own set of special regulations and can be an even more complex process than adopting a child within the UK. By seeking the advice of a family law solicitor who specialises in this field of family law, you will be able to find out all the implications of embarking on this process and advice at an early stage in the process may help to avoid emotionally stressful and costly complications as the process goes on.
Healys LLP family solicitors in London and Brighton
If you need legal advice regarding any aspect of adoption, or the making or defending of applications for parental responsibility orders, child residence orders, child contact orders and other court orders for the financial support of children Healys experienced family lawyers in London and Brighton are here to help.
Our many years’ experience as specialist family solicitors and lawyers has taught us that each individual situation is different. Healys can help by listening sensitively and giving you straightforward legal advice so you can weigh up which options will work best for you.
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Alternatively our family laws solicitors in London can be reached on 020 7822 4000. We look forward to helping you.