If you're adopting a child, or need help with an adoption issue, our family law specialists will guide you through the process.

How does adoption work?

Adopting a child is a very special time in your life. As an adoptive parent, you'll take on the joy and responsibility of raising a child. The legal process of adoption means you'll take on responsibility for a child born to another person.

So, if you're thinking about adopting, our family law solicitors can help. We'll explain your rights, responsibilities, and the adoption process. We'll help you through everything, from start to finish. With our support, the adoption will go as smoothly as possible - and we'll make sure you're informed every step of the way.

We leave nothing to chance when it comes to your family. We look at every angle, so you're completley covered. and know where you stand.

Who can adopt a child?

If you want to adopt a child, you need to satisfy the selection criteria. You don't need to be married, have a partner or even earn a certain amount.

You need to prove that you can meet the needs of the child. This is where we can help. Because every family, and every child, is different each case is judged on its own merits. There's no universal set of requirements, but there are steps you can take to demonstrate your suitability. We'll work closely with you to give you the best chance of success.

How we can help you

Our family law team includes has a number of child law and adoption law specialists. We've helped many families through the adoption process, and we regularly help people in complex situations.

Advice for adoptive parents, birth parents, relatives and children

We can advise and guide anybody who may be involved in an adoption case – prospective adopters, birth parents, other relatives, and children themselves.

Alternatives to adoption

Our specialists can also advise on alternatives to adoption. We can help you work out if adoption is the right option for your family, and we'll take you through the other options available to you.

For example, it's sometimes enough for a step-parent or prospective adopter to use family law to take on parental responsibility, or to secure a special guardianship order or residence order.

A tailored approach

In every case we offer a tailored and thorough service that will ensure your adoption will be as swift and smooth as possible.

What to do next

If you need advice about adoption, or a related issue, give us a call. A dedicated family law solicitor will outline your options and tell you how we can help.

Come in and see us for a FREE 30 minute face-to-face consultation about your options. Alternatively, if you want us to take a closer look at your situation, for a fixed fee of £150 + VAT, we can talk with you for up to 90 minutes.

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