We work with a broad range of parents applying for an adoption order to the family court in England and Wales.
Some are adopting an unrelated child from the care system, having been approved as adopters by a local authority or adoption agency. Others are applying to adopt a relative’s child, or a step-child who is already living with them.
We also help LGBT and other parents through assisted reproduction to adopt their own children if they are not automatically recognised as legal parents.
If you are applying to the family court for an adoption order in England and Wales, we can help you manage the legal process. Adoption applications can be straightforward, but many parents value legal support, and we offer a range of services to help you, including guidance on what to do, help with preparing your evidence and legal representation from start to finish.
Our aim is for our advice to be as practical as possible, so that if you wish you can manage the legalities yourselves going forward.
Whatever your situation, we usually arrange a fixed fee Legal Review with an experienced adoption law solicitor in the first instance, during which we explain the effect of an adoption order, what else you can do to secure your family’s status in the meantime, and walk you through the process you need to follow to obtain one.
Our work is in some cases charged on a fixed fee basis and in others on an hourly rate basis (with a clear estimate of overall costs and regular updates).
We prepare specialist wills for parents, to protect you and your child in case there is an unexpected death before your adoption order is granted.
Our long experience means that you know the parentage law quirks are taken care of, and our easy remote service enables you to make or update your wills via telephone/Skype and email, for a fixed fee.
We also help families created through intercountry or overseas adoption, including British parents based overseas and UK-based parents adopting from a wide range of countries around the world.
If you have not yet decided on the right adoption route for you, we can help you compare the options.