Cartwright King have specialist adoption Solicitors located throughout the UK who can advise you on any legal matters arising out of the Adoption law and process. Many of our Solicitors are professionally accredited by the Law Society Children Panel and so are well placed to give expert Adoption advice.
Call us on 0808 168 5550 for a free initial consultation or, alternatively complete the web enquiry form found at the bottom right of this page and we will ensure that one of our specialist team will be in touch.
What is Adoption?
Adoption is a way of providing new families for children who cannot be brought up by their biological parents. For example, because it is no longer safe for the child to continue living with his or her parents and the court has deemed that it is in the child’s best interest to be adopted. An Adoption Order is arguably the most serious Order the Family Court can make.
To be adopted, a child must be:
- Under the age of 18 when the adoption application is made
- Not be (or have been) married or in a civil partnership
What is the effect of Adoption?
The effect of an Adoption Order is that all Parental Responsibility is transferred to the adopters. In doing so, it effectively extinguishes the Parental Responsibility of the birth parents and anyone else who may have acquired Parental Responsibility for the child.
The adopted child will become a full member of the adopted family and will quite often take the family’s name. The child will also have the same legal rights as if they were the birth child of the adopter for example, rights of inheritance.
What is the Procedure?
Both birth parents normally have to agree or consent to the adoption, unless:
- They cannot be found.
- They are incapable of giving consent.
- The child would be at risk if they were not adopted
You may be able to adopt if you are 21 years of age or over and either:
- In a civil partnership
- An unmarried couple (same sex and opposite sex)
- The partner of the child’s parent
At Cartwright King we are able to offer you advice in relation to any stage of the Adoption process. Our areas of expertise include :
- Adoption by a step-parent
- Opposing Adoption Orders if you are a birth parent
- Foster to adopt
- Adopting a relative
- Adopting a grandchild
- Same- sex adoptions
- Open and closed adoptions
- Adopting a “Looked after child”
- Inter-country adoption
Amidst the Coronavirus outbreak, our team of solicitors are adopting Skype video calling to continue providing excellent legal services to you.
For more information on your rights surrounding Coronavirus, visit our dedicated page.
Why Choose Cartwright King?
Legal Aid is available in this area which means that you may be eligible for free advice. To discuss your eligibility for Legal Aid please get in contact with us for free initial advice on 0808 168 5550 or email your enquiry using the form below.
If you are not eligible for Legal Aid then we can discuss affordable private paying fee arrangements.
Cartwright King also promotes remote working, so we can provide you with the same excellent service outside of our office locations.