If you are considering adopting a child or are facing a legal issue related to a child you have already adopted, having specialist legal advice and support is essential to ensure both your own interests and the interests of the child are protected.
Roythornes’ Family law team has extensive experience in all areas of adoption law. We can guide and support you through the entire adoption process and with any on-going issues you have to deal with, including challenges by the child’s birth parents.
Our adoption law team regularly works on a wide range of cases, from the straightforward, such as adopting a stepchild with both birth parents’ consent, to much more complicated and contentious issues. We can ensure that all of the legal issues and details are considered, making adoption as simple and as straightforward as possible.
Get in touch with our adoption solicitors in Nottingham now by calling 0115 945 4447 or feel free to pay us a visit.
How our Nottingham adoption solicitors can help you
Our expert adoption solicitors, based in Nottingham, advise families all over Nottinghamshire in relation to issues such as:
- adoption applications
- adoption assessments
- adoption orders
- parental rights
- birth parents’ rights
- alternatives to adoption
We will take the time to understand your unique circumstances, then make sure that we offer tailored legal advice that meets your own needs and the needs of your children.
Who can adopt a child in the UK?
To adopt a child in the UK, you must:
- be 21 or over (there is no upper age limit)
- have lived in the UK for at least one year before starting your application
- have a fixed and permanent home in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
Do you have to be married to adopt?
You do not have to be married or in a civil partnership to adopt. You can be single, married, in a civil partnership, an unmarried couple or the partner of one of the child’s parent. Same sex and opposite sex couples have exactly the same rights to adopt a child.
How long does adoption take?
There are two stages to the adopter approval process and in total this should usually take no more than around six months, although the exact time frame will depend on the circumstances.
Stage 1 – You will need to register your interest with a Registration of Interest form, undertake training and preparation. Background checks and reference checks will also need to be carried out. You will also normally need to attend an adopter preparation ground to learn more about adoption and the needs of adopted children.
This stage should take around two months.
Stage 2 – During this stage your suitability and readiness to adopt will be assessed. This will involve meeting with a social worker several times to produce a Prospective Adopters Report (PAR). This will then be presented to the local adoption panel who will make a final decision on whether you are eligible to adopt.
Once you are approved to adopt, you can then start the process of finding the right child for you. There is no set time limit for how long this will take, but with around 6,000 children available for adoption each year in the UK, this part of the process often happens relatively quickly.
Why choose Roythornes’ adoption solicitors in Nottingham?
Roythornes has been supporting families throughout Nottinghamshire and the surrounding area for over 80 years. Our experience and expertise means we are able to offer a smooth, reliable legal service for all aspects of family law, including adoption
We have a deep understanding of all areas of adoption law and can answer all of your questions and help to ensure the adoption process goes quickly and smoothly, allowing you to add to your family as soon as possible.
As well as our Nottingham law office, we have offices in Spalding, Peterborough and Alconbury and our team will also be happy to talk to you over the phone or by video conferencing to ensure you can conveniently access our services.
Get in touch with our Nottingham adoption solicitors
For help with any aspect of adoption law in Nottingham and the surrounding area, please call our specialist adoption solicitors now on 0115 945 4447 or pay us a visit.
Adoption resources in Nottingham
Nottingham City Council’s website provides a range of information for those considering adoption, including how the adoption process works, training and support that is available and answers to many common questions.
This court hears a wide range of matters related to family law, including adoption, for people in Nottingham and the surrounding area.