Adoption Solicitors

Adoption is the legal process of creating a parent-child relationship between individuals who are not biologically related, in effect allowing the adult to become a non-biological parent and the child to become the non-biological child.

Adoption means that the child is legally the child of the person who has adopted them and they acquire all of the rights and responsibilities of a parent.

When a child is adopted they become entitled to all the same rights as a natural child including the right to inherit.

For example, we see step-parents applying to adopt their step-child having been the “parent figure” for the child for many years.

We also see family members applying to adopt a niece or nephew who have lost parents.

The Adoption Procedure

The criteria for adoption is relatively simple – if it is in the best interests of the child’s welfare for the adoption order to be made then the Court will make it.

The adoption process can be quite intrusive. In order for the Court to know whether adoption is in the child’s best interests it needs to know as much as possible about the child to be adopted and the people seeking to adopt the child. It means the involvement of the local social services who will carry out a detailed investigation and report back to the Court.

Save for certain adoptions, the starting point for the adoption process is for the local social services to be put on notice that an adoption application is going to be made to the court.

Take the example of the step parent applying to adopt. The natural parent has chosen to have nothing to do with the child for 10 years. If the step parent adopts the child the natural parent is released from their liability to pay child maintenance but also loses their “parental responsibility” for the child. The step-parent acquires the parental responsibility but also acquires the potential liability of child maintenance.

If you adopt a child, please be mindful that you need to review any Will that you may have made prior to the adoption. You can speak with one of our expert Wills and Inheritance team who can provide further advice should you need it.

Talk to Tollers

The Tollers Family Law team are experienced adoption solicitors who can guide you through the adoption process, get in touch today.

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Our Adoption Solicitors Experts

Sheena Patel
Solicitor
Sheena joined the Family Department of Tollers as a solicitor in December 2019. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at a local family law firm...
Deborah Atkins
Director
Deborah joined Tollers as a Director in August 2019. She qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and has specialised in Family matters ever since...
Sally Smith
Equity Partner/Family Mediator
Since qualifying Sally has specialised exclusively in the field of family law...
Natalie La Forte-Brown
Solicitor
Natalie qualified in to the Family Department in 2018 having commenced her Training Contract at the firm in 2016...
Minara Hannan
Senior Solicitor
has extensive experience of dealing with family cases that relate to immigration and international assets...
Leonie Press
Associate Solicitor
Leonie undertook a training contract with the firm and qualified into the family department in 2013. She has specialised in family law ever since...
Katie Herrod
Partner
Katie qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has been a part of Tollers family department for over 20 years. Katie is a specialist family lawyer with extensive knowledge...
Alan Peck
Head of Family Law team
Alan is a Partner at Tollers with over 30 years of experience specialising in family law matters. Alan acts mainly for breadwinners and home makers...
Sheena Patel
Solicitor
Deborah Atkins
Director
Sally Smith
Equity Partner/Family Mediator
Natalie La Forte-Brown
Solicitor
Minara Hannan
Senior Solicitor
Leonie Press
Associate Solicitor
Katie Herrod
Partner
Alan Peck
Head of Family Law team
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