People often tell me, “I raised my stepdaughter or stepson like my own children. They are adults now. Can I adopt an adult?”
Yes, you can adopt another adult as long as it is for the purpose of creating a genuine parent and child relationship and the petitioner and adoptee understand the legal and practical consequences of the adoption.
Through adult adoption, families can protect important relationships and rights, while providing a sense of permanency and belonging. The most important benefit of an adult adoption is often emotional. There are also other benefits, including:
- Inheritance rights for the adopted party
- Rights to medical records and hospital visits
- Social Security benefits
Adult Adoptions In North Carolina
Adult adoptions are generally easier and quicker than adopting a child, since you won’t have to go through a home study or post-placement visits which protect a minor child. In North Carolina, only three people must consent to an adult adoption: the person being adopted, the adopting adult, and their spouse (if applicable).
Mills Adoption Law can help with the process of your adult adoption. The process, on a high level, looks like this:
- Providing the required notice of the adoption to:
- Any adult children of the prospective adoptive parent
- Any parent of the adoptee (adult being adopted)
- Any spouse of the adoptee, and
- Any adult child of the adoptee
- Obtaining consent from the adoptee
- Filing an adoption petition with the court
- Representing the petitioner at the hearing in court
- Finalizing the adoption
Experience On Your Side
No legal proceeding is simple, but it can be a lot easier with an experienced partner at your side. Bobby Mills has practiced adoption law in North Carolina for over 30 years. Call us today at 919-306-2899 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.