My name’s Sarah Walker. I’m a lawyer with the family law team here at Turnbull Hill Lawyers. Today I’ll be talking about adult adoptions. What is an adult adoption? This is where a person, over the age of 18, is formally adopted by an order of the court.

There are numerous reasons why people would undergo an adult adoption. One of the most common reasons is for the purposes of an inheritance. The reason for this is that it is easier to transfer assets upon a person’s death if they are a family member.

Another reason is that some people want to formalise a parent-child relationship in their later years where, for instance, they’ve had a step-parent who has played a significant role in their lives.

There are a number of criteria you must meet if you’re wishing to proceed with an adult adoption.

Firstly, you must be over the age of 18. Secondly, you must have been cared for by the proposed adopted parent prior to turning 18. Further, you must be living in the State of New South Wales for the three months leading up to you seeking an adoption order. To proceed with an adult adoption, this is performed through the Supreme Court of New South Wales. This requires you to complete an affidavit, explaining your relationship to the parent, and why they’ve played an important role in your life.

If both you and the parent agree to proceed with the adoption, you don’t need to obtain the consent of any other parties or any organisations, such as Family and Community Services. If you do agree and proceed down the path of filing your application with the Supreme Court. Once this is granted, you are issued with a new birth certificate naming the adoptive parent that is involved in the process as your parent.

If you require any further assistance with exploring adult adoptions or proceeding down the path of obtaining an adoption, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Turnbull Hill Lawyers.

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