In fact, there were even laws against single parent adoption in some states. Now, thousands of children in the United States and other countries are living with single men and women who have chosen to become parents and who have been given the opportunity to provide a loving home for a child. The outlook for single parent adoption is very encouraging as it becomes more widely accepted. Studies have shown that children raised in single adoptive parent families do just as well as, if not better than, children adopted by couples.
Children eligible for adoption. If the husband or wife so joins the petition therefor, the adoption shall be by them jointly. The substitute consent provisions of section do not apply to adoptions under this subsection.
Ages; agreement of adoption. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, any adult person may adopt any other adult person younger than himself, except the spouse of the adopting person, by an agreement of adoption approved by a decree of adoption of the district court in the county in which either the person adopting or the person adopted resides.
The agreement of adoption shall be in writing and shall be executed by the person adopting and the person to be adopted, and shall set forth that the parties agree to assume toward each other the legal relation of parent and child, and to have all of the rights and be subject to all of the duties and responsibilities of that relation.
A married person not lawfully separated from his spouse may not adopt an adult person without the consent of the spouse of the adopting person, if such spouse is capable of giving such consent. A married person not lawfully separated from his spouse may not be adopted without the consent of the spouse of the person to be adopted, if such spouse is capable of giving such consent.
Neither the consent of the natural parent or parents of the person to be adopted, nor of the Division, nor of any other person is required. The adopting person and the person to be adopted may file in the district court in the county in which either resides a petition praying for approval of the agreement of adoption by the issuance of a decree of adoption.
The court shall fix a time and place for hearing on the petition, and both the person adopting and the person to be adopted shall appear at the hearing in person, but if such appearance is impossible or impractical, appearance may be made for either or both of such persons by counsel empowered in writing to make such appearance.
The court may require notice of the time and place of the hearing to be served on other interested persons, and any such interested person may appear and object to the proposed adoption. No investigation or report to the court by any public officer is required, but the court may require the Division to investigate the circumstances and report thereon, with recommendations, to the court before the hearing.
At the hearing the court shall examine the parties, or the counsel of any party not present in person. If the court is satisfied that the adoption will be for the best interests of the parties and in the public interest, and that there is no reason why the petition should not be granted, the court shall approve the agreement of adoption, and enter a decree of adoption declaring that the person adopted is the child of the person adopting him.
Otherwise, the court shall withhold approval of the agreement and deny the prayer of the petition. If the adoptee is 14 years of age or older, he or she must assent to the adoption unless the court determines that it is not in the best interests of the adoptee to require assent.
Such an assent shall be executed by the adoptee in writing and signed in the presence of the court in which the petition for adoption has been filed. If the adoptee, whether a minor or an adult, is married, the spouse of the adoptee shall also assent to the adoption.
The court may waive this requirement for good cause shown. The alleged father who has not met the requirements of RSA B: A parent whose parental rights have been voluntarily or involuntarily terminated by order of a court in another state; III. Action in Superior Court 2A: Age of plaintiff; request by adoptee; waiver of requirements Such adoption shall not be granted, unless the adopting parent or parents are at least 10 years older than the person to be adopted and the latter has, in writing acknowledged by him as deeds are required to be acknowledged, requested the adoption and, if desired, the change of name.
The court, upon being satisfied that the best interests of the person to be adopted would be promoted by granting the adoption, may waive any and all of the above requirements.
Every such waiver shall be recited in any judgment of adoption thereafter entered. The court shall have original jurisdiction over proceedings arising under the Adult Adoption Act A petition for adoption may be filed in any county where:Child abandonment defined and explained with examples.
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