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Adoption Lawyers Aberdeen

adoption lawyer aberdeen

For adoption advice, please complete our on-line enquiry form or call us on 01224 515591.

Adoption is the legal process where the relationship between parent and child is created by an order of a court. The process of adoption is no longer restricted to single people and married couples; changes in recent years have extended a list of those who can apply to adopt a child, for example, couples in civil partnerships and cohabiting couples, including same-sex couples. There are certain situations where one member of a couple can apply to adopt by themselves.

When a child is adopted, the parent acquires the same legal rights and responsibilities as the child’s natural parent would have.

There are many reasons why an individual or couple may wish to adopt a child. In many cases, a step parent will play an active role in their partner’s child’s life and will look adopt the child or an individual or a couple will have decided to adopt a child using a local authority or an adoption agency 

Sometimes there are international elements to an adoption, for example the child currently lives overseas or the child’s natural parent/s live overseas.

Adoption Process in Scotland

Adopting a child is a big step and our friendly and trusted team can assist you with the legal process and legal documentation required.

A child must be under the age of 18 and must never have been married or in a civil partnership to be adopted.

To adopt, an adult must be at least 21 years of age. There is no upper age limit to adoption but an individual or couple’s ability to look after a child are a crucial aspect of the adoption criteria. There are certain reports which are prepared for the court with regards to the suitability of the adoption applicants.

Single people, couples and in some restricted cases one member of a couple can apply to adopt a child.

The child must live with the applicants for a certain period of time before the adoption application can be made.

There can be additional checks and requirements where there are international elements to an adoption.

Adoption Lawyer Aberdeen

Adopting a child is an exciting and sometimes daunting process. Inevitably there are checks and legal documents and requirements that have to be met in order for an adoption to proceed. Family Law Aberdeen can assist you and support you through the process at each step and so contact our friendly team today to find out how we can help.

For advice on the adoption process, or to find out more about how we can assist, please complete our on-line enquiry form or call us on 01224 515591.

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