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Special rules that apply to North Carolina adoptions

A legal adoption allows a person to join the family of another person and to benefit from that affiliation. In North Carolina it is often children who are adopted into the families of others, but interestingly enough adults may also be adopted under the state's laws. This informative post will introduce some of the state's adoption rules, but it is in no way comprehensive. Readers who want to learn more about adoption are asked to bring their questions up to a family law attorney.

As mentioned in the introduction to this post, adults may be adopted in the state of North Carolina. That is to say, an adult can be made the legal child of another person and may therefore inherit under their adoptive parent's estate. A limit to the rule prevents a spouse from adopting their marital partner.

In North Carolina a person may be required to consent to their adoption. Children under the age of 12 do not have this power, which means that they may be adopted without agreeing to the process themselves. However, individuals who are at least 12 years of age must agree to be adopted before the legal process may be finalized.

Finally, married couples may adopt together or individual spouses may adopt on their own. A person may adopt a child while married if their spouse consents to the adoption even though they are not participating in the process as an adoptive parent. However, if an unmarried couple wishes to adopt a child, only one of the partners can pursue the adoption.

There are a myriad of laws that regulate how adoptions may happen in North Carolina. Lawyers who work in the family law field are well positioned to help their adoption clients get answers to their questions and make progress in the adoptions they wish to complete.

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