Chicago Adult Adoption Attorneys
Learn About Adult Adoption
Adult adoption allows an adult to adopt a person who is over the age of 18. Illinois is one of the few states where you can actually adopt an adult. There are many benefits for two adults to enter a legal child-parent relationship. The most common reason for adult adoption in Illinois is to secure inheritance rights for the person being adopted. However, it may also be done for other reasons such as to legally formalize an existing relationship between parent and child.
If you are planning on an adult adoption, it's important that you have an experienced Chicago family law attorney on your side that knows Illinois adoption laws inside out and is up-to-date with revisions and amendments. The process of adoption, regardless of the age of the person being adopted, can be an emotional process for all involved. Before you embark on this journey, please contact the knowledgeable Chicago adoption lawyers at Nottage and Ward, LLP. Call us at (312) 332-2915 for information, guidance and counsel.
Who Qualifies for Adult Adoption?
Not everyone qualifies for adult adoption. Under Illinois law, you must meet two important requirements:
- The parent and potential child must have lived together for at least two years before the petition is filed. Families can forego living together for two years first if the adopting adult is related. If the adopting adult is the parent, grandparent, sibling, step relative, uncle or aunt, great uncle or aunt or first cousin, the adoption can take place even if they haven't lived together for two years.
- The person to be adopted must consent to the adoption. The adult to be adopted has the authority to offer consent on his or her own.
Adult Versus Child Adoptions in Illinois
Adult adoptions are different from child adoptions in a number of ways. During the process of adopting an adult, a social worker won't have to visit your homelike in child adoptions where a social worker must visit to make sure the home is safe for a child. This is unnecessary in an adult case. Adult adoption cases do not go through adoption agencies as child adoption cases do.
Illinois also allows one adult to adopt another in order to provide care for the person. In such cases, the adults must have an established caretaker-patient relationship. This can prove useful if the adopted person becomes sick. Hospitals often have strict policies in place that restricts how much a caretaker who is not a parent can visit a patient. Hospitals typically prevent adults who are not parents or children from making life-changing decisions for a patient. Establishing a clear legal relationship will help remove this hurdle.
If you are an adult considering adoption, you need to seek out legal guidance. A family law attorney can help you through the process of filing an application and making sure your best interests are protected. Please contact the experienced Chicago family law attorneys at Nottage and Ward, LLP to discuss your options. Call us at (312) 332-2915 for a consultation and case evaluation.
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