Family Law

What are the requirements that a step parent must meet if they wish to adopt a child?

Published in: August 2017

In order for a step parent to adopt a child, the following requirements must be met:

·         the child is at least five years of age;

·         the step parent must have lived with the child and the birth or adoptive parent of the child for a continuous period of at least two years;

·         the Court is satisfied that the adoption order is clearly preferable in the best interests of the child to any other action.

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