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Q: Adopting an adult stepchild ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Adopting an adult stepchild
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: mcdebs-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 22 Mar 2003 14:01 PST
Expires: 21 Apr 2003 15:01 PDT
Question ID: 179668
My husband wants to adopt my 24 year old daughter.  We have been
married for 18 years and my daughter is expecting her first child in
November.  It would be so wonderfull if my husband could be officialy
her father and the new childs grandfather.  Is this possible?  Her
natural father has had nothing to do with her for many years now.

Request for Question Clarification by websearcher-ga on 22 Mar 2003 14:03 PST
Hello mcdebs:

In order for a Researcher to help you with this question, we will need
to know which state, province, or legal jurisdiction you live in.



Clarification of Question by mcdebs-ga on 22 Mar 2003 14:15 PST
I am in the UK
Subject: Re: Adopting an adult stepchild
Answered By: juggler-ga on 22 Mar 2003 16:44 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

I apologize for being the bearer of bad news, but the UK's Adoption
Act states that an adoption order may not be made for "a person who
is, or has been, married or who has attained the age of 19."

From the UK Adoption and Children Act 2002:

"Section 47: Conditions for making adoption orders...
143.  An adoption order may not be made in relation to a person who
is, or has been, married or who has attained the age of 19"
Adoption and Children Act 2002, 2002 Chapter 38, hosted by
Her Majesty's Stationery Office

Additional sources:

"To be eligible for adoption the child must be under the age of 18
years... Should the child be married or has been married he cannot be
adopted. "
UK Department of Health: Adoption

"If the child is over 18, and is or has been married, he or she cannot
be adopted."

"To be adopted a child must be under 18 and never have been married."

This information would appear to be rather definitive. Of course,
Google Answers is for informational purposes only, and it should not
be considered a substitute for the professional legal advice of your
local solicitor.

search terms: "be adopted", "over 18", britain, uk, adoption

Again, I'm sorry if this isn't the answer for which you were hoping.
And, of course, nothing in the world can stop your husband from being
the "grandfather" in an unofficial, but no less worthy, way.  Thanks.
mcdebs-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Although not the answer I was hoping for, it answered my question very
thoroughly and very thoughtfully.  Thank you.

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