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Understanding Adult Adoption In New Jersey

The adoption process in New Jersey is governed by the Uniform Adoption Act. The law specifically states that anyone, even adults, can be adopted. That said, the person who is filing for an adult adoption does need to be 10 years older than the person they are adopting. Anyone can adopt once they turn 18, but this stipulation limits adult adoptions to relatively older individuals.

Here at Cipriano Law Offices, P.C., our experienced legal team of West Caldwell adoption lawyers knows that there are many reasons why people may want to adopt someone who is legally an adult. For instance, parents sometimes adopt their stepchildren to solidify that relationship and legally acknowledge it. Adoption can also be used, in some cases, to streamline the inheritance process or ensure that someone has inheritance rights. Finally, many adult adoptions revolve around disability, as the older person provides care, assistance and structure.

Essex County Attorneys Who Can Clarify The Adult Adoption Process

The process of filing for adoption can be complex, and it’s important to take steps like receiving proper legal consent from the adult who is being adopted and scheduling a hearing in court. Our experienced team can help you gather the documentation that is needed, keeping in mind that the court may also require references, background checks and a home study. One of the first steps is to file a Registry application with the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

Working Through Common Adoption Complications

Adoptions are rejected for technical reasons, like inaccurate paperwork, and for more serious reasons, like a failed criminal background check or an unsafe living situation. Some adult adoptions are also rejected due to alleged fraud or a prior intimate relationship between the two individuals.

When complications arise, it is important to have an experienced New Jersey lawyer who knows the laws and understands the process. To set up your appointment with our team, email or call 973-852-3346 today. We can provide critical guidance at this time.


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