Cartwright King’s team of adoption solicitors can help you become an approved adopter or oppose Adoption Orders if you are a birth parent. Our Child Care solicitors offer sure guidance in all matters concerning Adoption Law, ensuring that you’re treated fairly and with respect.
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Adoption Lawyers you can trust
Our adoption solicitors have extensive experience in Adoption Law. We have helped many families through the adoption process, advising on adoption applications and assessments, while also helping birth parents challenge an Adoption Order made against them.
Whatever your situation, we listen, we understand and we care, representing you with empathy and honesty throughout your case to achieve the best outcome.
Why choose Cartwright King?
Adoption Orders are a serious and sensitive matter, requiring safe hands to guide you through the process. Many of our Adoption Solicitors are accredited by the Law Society’s Children’s Panel to offer you trusted Adoption advice.
With specialist child care lawyers at each of our offices, we can offer advice in a number of different areas. The adoption process has many stages and Cartwright King will be with you every step of the way with the legal advice you need to keep your case on course for a successful outcome.
Get in touch with Cartwright King today to talk to an Adoption Lawyer.
Your legal fees will depend on the case itself, including the length of time your case takes and how complicated it is.
We can discuss affordable private paying fee arrangements. Fixed fees are also available.
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Frequently asked questions.
What is an Adoption Order?
An Adoption Order cuts any legal ties between a birth parent and child, so that the adoptive parent(s) becomes the legal parent(s) of a child for life. Adoption Orders do not end once a child turns 18. Once an Adoption Order is made, the Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages issues a post-adoptive birth certificate for the child.
An Adoption Order is made by the Family Court often because a local authority believes it is unsafe for a child to continue living at home and the Court has deemed it in the child’s best interests to be adopted.
What are the criteria for a child to be adopted?
To be adopted, a child must:
Be under the age of 18 when an adoption application is made (adoption proceedings may continue beyond the young person’s 18th birthday since an Adoption Order can be made at any time up to the 19th birthday)
Not be (or have been) married or in a civil partnership
How long does an Adoption Order take?
Official government documents state that an Adoption Order can take four weeks to process once the General Register Office receives the Order from the Court. It can take the Court up to three weeks to send an Adoption Order to the General Register Office.
What will the Court take into consideration in an adoption case?
The Court will consider a number of things when assessing an application for adoption. These include:
The child’s age, sex, background, and relevant characteristics
The child’s relationship with you, the parent, and other existing relatives
For another couple (or person) to adopt your child, you normally have to agree to it. However, a Court can decide the adoption can go ahead without your consent if:
You cannot be found
You are incapable of giving consent, for example due to mental disability
The Court thinks the child would be at risk if they were not adopted
Before a child is adopted, they will spend some time living with the prospective adopters. This is known as a Placement Order. Parents can apply to revoke a Placement Order in certain circumstances.
In addition, if an application is made for an Adoption Order, you can apply to the Court for ‘leave’. While there is the opportunity for you to regain custody of your child, this will only be considered if there is a significant change in circumstances since the making of the Placement Order.
An adoption cannot be reserved once the order has been granted, except in very rare circumstances.
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