Adoption

We can offer advice and representation on every stage of the adoption process to all of those who may be involved in an adoption case - prospective adopters, children, children’s guardians, birth parents and other relatives. We can offer the same specialist, experienced and sympathetic service to clients who are paying privately or who are eligible for legal aid.

Adoption may be the answer in some circumstances, however, it is now recognised as important for a child to maintain as close a relationship as possible with both of their birth parents, whether they were married or not, Step parent adoption ends the legal relationship with the absent parent so that only their custodial parent and their new partner become the child’s legal parents.

The Adoption and Children Act 2002 introduce other options for step parents which give legal status to a step parent without ending the child’s legal relationship with their other parent.

We are able to advise on the range of options, assist with drawing up step parent agreements and offer representation in whatever court process is decided to be best for the individual child.