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Adoption

Whether you create your family by adopting a baby, adopt a foster child, a child of your partner or a child of a relative, you open your arms and your heart to a vulnerable being who is not biologically yours, but for whom you become a legal and psychological parent forever. Once the adoption order is made, you are treated as having been that child’s parent and they your child, from birth.

If you are opposing the making of an adoption order, you face perhaps one of the greatest challenges of your life: the thought of permanently losing the legal connection with your child.

Adoption is truly life-changing for everyone involved.

 

How can The Modern Family Law Company help?

We are adoption specialists. We will be beside you every step of the way. We will advise you how adoption law relates to your family situation. We will talk and walk you through the adoption process. We will draft the necessary legal documents and ensure that your case is set out in the strongest possible way. We will arrange for a specialist adoption barrister to represent you at court hearings.

 

How will we support you through the adoption?

Creating your family by adoption is joyful, stressful and wonderful. Opposing an adoption application can be terrifying. Whatever your situation, we will be there to support you through all the ups and downs of the process. We can refer you to one of our trusted partners e.g. a counsellor or psychotherapist,  if more formal support services are needed.

 

 

How do you adopt a child?

Adoption can be a complex process. You will need to be approved as an adoptive parent. If you are adopting from abroad, there are additional legal requirements. The child you want to adopt will need to live with you before you can apply to adopt them and you must give notice to the local authority for the area where you live that you intend to apply to adopt.

Even if there is no parental opposition to the adoption, a court application must be issued and the parents will be notified. However, your identity will remain confidential and you will not have to meet the birth parents unless you and they want to.

 

How do you oppose an adoption application?

The Court can only make an adoption order if it is in the child’s welfare interests to be adopted by the person (or people) making the application. So, you need to be able to show the court that there are good reasons why it is not best for the child to be adopted by them. This can be very complicated and, given the high stakes, we would always recommend that you are legally represented.

 

 

How do I find out more about adoption?

Please Get in Touch via our contact page and we'll be delighted to provide further information.

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