Adoption

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Adoption in Northern Ireland

What is Adoption?

Adoption is the legal process where the parental rights are transferred from the biological parents to the applicant parents, the biological parents will not be able to claim the rights of the child again. The child will become legally bonded to their adoptive parents, they will take their adoptive parents’ surname, joint rights and privileges including inheritance.

Adopting a child can be a stressful and legally complex process, our family law team are trained to conduct these cases in a compassionate, professional, and effective manner.

Who can adopt?

-In Northern Ireland, anyone over the age of 21 is eligible to adopt a child if they are able to provide a suitably secure and loving environment for a child and meet the necessary procedural requirements.

 

-If the applicant or a household member of the applicant has child offences, a criminal record, or sexual offences, then they will not be eligible to adopt. For further enquiries on this matter you may contact us by completing our free enquiry form.

 

Am I entitled to maternity/paternity leave if I adopt?

When adopting a child in Northern Ireland, the adoptive parent may be entitled to ‘Statutory Adoption Leave’. The employee must provide a written notice to their employer regarding their intention of leave. It is advised to discuss leave intentions with the employer or check your employment contract as they may have their own adoption leave scheme which could be more generous than the statutory scheme.

The Statutory Adoption Leave scheme entitles the parent to take 26 weeks which is titled as, ‘Ordinary Adoption Leave’ and another 26 weeks which is known as ‘Additional Adoption Leave’. This will result in a 52 week work leave for the adoptive party. It is important to note that the employer cannot offer less than the statutory rights. If you believe that your rights are being violated, please complete our free enquiry form and we can offer you further guidance on this matter.

 

How We Can Help

-At P.A. Duffy and Company, we provide expert insight into the adoption process in the UK and can advise you on what initial steps to take in applying for adoption. For example, if there is an issue with a care order placement or a special guardianship order our family solicitors will have the expertise to guide you in the right direction.

-We provide guidance and representation across a range of adoption law issues, including adoption from care, adoption by relatives and stepparent adoption.

-Our friendly and approachable solicitors will tailor our services to your needs in order to ensure a positive outcome for you.

-If you are in need of further advice, pleasure complete our online enquiry form and our family law solicitors will get back to you with services tailored to your benefit.

Adopting a child can be a stressful and legally complex process, our family law team are trained to conduct these cases in a compassionate, professional, and effective manner.

 

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    Adoption was last modified: January 17th, 2021 by paduffy