Often, when people think of adoption, they tend to think of only minor children under the age of 18. However, in Georgia, not only minors may be adopted, but adults may be adopted as well. Adults choose to be adopted for varying reasons, to include the following:
- To establish intestate inheritance rights;
- To formalize a step-parent/step-child relationship;
- To formalize a foster parent/foster child relationship;
- To legalize an adoption that was not finalized while that child was a minor; or
- To restore the original legal relationship between adult adoptees and their natural families.
No matter how old you are, the desire is never lost for family. Many adults also pursue adult adoptions to remove the stigma of not having a family and of not having a feeling of permanence.
Unlike other adoptions, adult adoptions differ in that notice and the surrendering or terminations of parental rights from the biological parents are not necessary. The adult persons may be adopted by giving written consent to the adoption. Adults seeking to be adopted may file their petition of adoption in either the Superior Court in the county in which the person seeking to adopt lives, or the county where the adult being adopted lives. If the court is satisfied that there is no reason why the adoption should not be granted, it shall enter a decree of adoption, and if requested, shall change the name of the adopted adult. Once the adoption is final, the relation between each petitioner and the adopted adult shall be, as to their legal rights and liabilities, the relation of parent and child.
If you have questions about Adult Adoptions or other different types of Adoptions, such as, private party adoptions, step-parent adoptions, foster care adoptions, agency adoptions or relative adoption, contact The Campbell Law Practice, LLC at (404) 981-5257 for a free initial consultation.
This update has been prepared by The Campbell Law Practice, LLC for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not a substitute for legal advice from a licensed attorney in your jurisdiction