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Adult Adoption In Tennessee

Tennessee law allows adult adoption. This often occurs in a situation such as “My aunt and uncle raised me and I want to legally recognize them as my legal parents.” or something similar. The main issues to understand regarding an adult adoption are:

Adult Adoption and Private Adoption in Tennessee

Recently adult adoptions have become much more prevalent due to the realities of today’s nontraditional family archetype. For instance, sometimes a step-parent or other person raises a child to adulthood, but an adoption was never undertaken. A relationship has developed whereby the parties want to take that extra step and an adult is adopted by another adult. In that case, no biological parents are required to give permission or even be notified. It is done by agreement, and the Judge enters a final decree of adoption. There is no waiting period, and no requirement for a home study.

Traditional or private adoptions are also very common. In this type of adoption birth parents, or more often a birth mother, is in some way introduced to a couple or individual wishing to adopt and the Parties handle the arrangements themselves. Finalization cannot take place prior to six months passing from the date of placement of the child with the adopting parties and the completion of a home study. A home study is required in cases where the adoptive parents and the child are not related. The home study process can feel quite daunting at first, however, it is not a reason to be anxious. The agency or social worker who conducts the home study is looking for a clean, adequate, safe and loving home environment for the coming child. You do not need to own a home and will not be "disqualified" from adopting if your home is not spotless. You will be required to fill out paperwork, speak with the people doing the study, and normally they will come to your home at least once prior to the adoption, and one to two times after placement. They will then write a report for the Court.

Contact a Clarksville Adult Adoption Lawyer

Adoption can be highly beneficial and sometimes complicated for families. To ensure you complete the process properly, speak with an experienced attorney. Contact McFarland Law by calling (931) 516-9009 or contacting us online today.