What Are They?
We are very lucky to have Adult Adoptions in Oregon and Washington ; not all states do. In an Adult Adoption, a "parent" adopts a person just like they would be adopting a child, but the "child" does not have to be under the age of 18. After the adoption the law views the relationship exactly as if the "child" had been born to that "parent". A new amended birth certificate may be but is not always issued.
The reasons people do Adult Adoptions are as numerous as the number of adoptions. Generally they revolve around wanting to recognize or validate a relationship that has already existed but for one reason or another, has not been legally confirmed.
An adult adoption should not be entered into lightly by any of the parties involved as they can create legal relationships where none existed before, they can dissolve legal relationships that otherwise might have existed, and they can drastically alter the laws of descent and distribution (the way assets are distributed from one person to another after death).
You should be aware that some of the reasons that people do Adult Adoptions are to purposely affect inheritances (see previous paragraph) and to change names. These are valid reasons to do an Adult Adoption but the same or similar results can be achieved by other, sometimes less extensive, means.
These adoptions require the filing of a Petition (a request to the Court asking it to do something) and other related paperwork which may or may not include a request for a new or amended birth certificate.
What About The "Other" Parent?
In an Adult Adoption, the "parent" and the "child" are the only ones whose consent is necessary. There is no need to obtain the consent of the original parent(s).
What About Costs?This is a question everyone has and there is not one answer that fits all situations. I do my best to keep my costs as low as possible and I think you will find me more than competitve amongst adoption attorneys. GENERALLY (and this is a real big generality) I charge a base rate of $895.00 for an Adult Adoption. Filing Fees and expenses such as the fees to obtain a new birth certificate vary and are not included in the base rate. I am happy to talk with you about your situation and try to give you an idea of what it might cost.
Multiple children adopted at the same time and other differing factors can make a big difference on costs. Please talk to me and we can work something out.
What About Time Frames?
Or, "How Long Will It Take?". The overall time for completing an Adult Adoption varies based on what county we file in and what the current case-load is in that county. Generally it will take from 1-4 weeks and maybe longer.
If you have any questions or would like to discuss your adoption matters, please feel free to give me a call and let's set up an appointment!
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