Adoption is the process of legally assuming the parental responsibility for someone else’s child, and it can take place for a number of reasons. When most people think of adoption, they might imagine a scenario where a husband and wife are unable to have children naturally, and so decide to adopt. While this is indeed one of the popular reasons for adoption, there are others.
In the UK, a large proportion of adoptions are by step-parents who wish to be legally recognised as the parent of their partner’s children. Other couple’s decision to adopt simply comes from a desire to provide a child with the love and support that a good home and caring parents offer, which the child might otherwise not receive.
If you are considering adoption, you need to fully understand the process, as well as the legal implications. One of our Family Law Solicitors in Leeds will be able to help.
While any adult may be eligible to adopt, applicants will have to meet a range of strict criteria. Individuals are just as able to adopt as couples, and partners do not have to be married. Nor do they have to be from a certain background, earning more than a particular salary level, or have specific education qualifications. Each adoptive parent or parents will be considered on their own merits. For more information on Adoption, click the link to visit the Adoption Information Line, or contact one of our Family Solicitors in Leeds to discuss your options.
If you are considering adopting a child, one of our Family Law Solicitors in Leeds will be able to provide you with the advice and information you need.