Adoption is where a child legally becomes a member of a new family and has one or two new parents.
It is a complex area of law and expert advice is key. We can help with that.
Only a court can make an adoption order. The court will rely on reports about you and the child’s wider family from the Social Services department or from local Adoption Agencies. Whether you are a prospective adopter or a parent who disagrees with an adoption, we can provide specialised advice about this sensitive legal area.
Adoption can be a relevant issue in a number of differing situations; from adopting a ‘looked-after’ child or a child from within your own family, an adoption of a step-child or a child from overseas. We can assist with any of these situations and tailor our advice to your family.
There are qualifying situations you need to be in to pursue an adoption and these have been widened in recent years to include single people, same sex couples and couples who are not married. If you are at least 21 years old and can provide a permanent, stable and caring home, your application to adopt will be welcomed. There is no upper age limit.
Whatever your circumstances, we can advise you about your options and the processes involved. Adoption may not be right for you and we can, as expert Family Law solicitors advise you on other types of order that may fit your family better. We clearly outline the costs involved, likely timescales and whether you would be entitled to Legal Aid. We strive to explain things in plain English, cutting through the legal jargon so as the advice is clear and you remain fully informed on the decisions being made about your family.
In addition to advising you, we can also attend some meetings with Social Services, represent you at court and negotiate with Social Workers on your behalf, where necessary. Ours is a complete and comprehensive service that can be tailored to your needs and budget.