Adoption lawyers in the UK


The UK adoption law has been changed recently in order to better deal with the growing globalisation of the adoption process. This globalisation has made the legal requirements associated with adoption much more complex and has increased the need for specialist legal advisors.

Using an adoption lawyer

An adoption lawyer is a family solicitor who specialises in adoption cases. As with most areas of law, the adoption law in the UK is quite complex. This complexity creates a need for solicitors to specialise in the field. An adoption lawyer will normally work at a law firm specialising in family matters, or a full-service law firm which offers adoption law advice.

Alternatively, an adoption lawyer could work as legal counsel at adoption agencies. Such agencies deal with the complexities of adoption and the legal procedures surrounding it on a daily basis. These agencies therefore often need the in-house services of a solicitor.

Another possible occupation for a legal adoption specialist is in the governmental body which enforces legal adoption compliance in the UK.

If you are seeking to adopt a child, you will benefit greatly from the professional advice that an adoption lawyer can give. Their advice will ensure that you are fully aware of the legal procedures necessary for an adoption to take place.

International adoption

The increased global dimension of adoption has made the legal requirements of adoption very complex. Because international adoptions had become more popular recent changes in the law were enacted through two parliamentary Acts:

  • The Adoption and Children Acts 2002
  • The Adoption and Children Act 2006

These illustrate the increased legal requirements associated with adoption which have created the increased demand for adoption solicitors.

It is also important to remember that the UK legal system is not a unified system, and that Northern Ireland and Scotland have different adoption laws to those of England and Wales. For example, for an adoption to become legal:

  • In England and Wales, the child must live with the parents for a minimum period of ten weeks
  • In Scotland and Northern Ireland, the minimum period is 13 weeks

When hiring a family solicitor, you must check that the lawyer is qualified in your jurisdiction.

If you are considering adoption, but are unsure of the process and your legal rights to adopt, you may benefit greatly from speaking to an adoption solicitor. The legal rights that individuals have depend on their specific situation, and a solicitor will be able to tell you what your rights are and how to make sure that you benefit from them.

It is important that you seek advice from a solicitor who is qualified in the jurisdiction in which you live, as the adoption rules do vary within the UK, between England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. For further advice, see our information page on adoption.

Are you thinking about adopting a child? Are you unaware of the legal implications? Caven can put you in touch with a specialist family solicitor to deals in adoption cases, helping you to file the initial application, right through to the court stage. Please call us on 08001 221 2299 or complete the web-form above.

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