Category: Adoption Issues

Adult adoption

A trial court does not have the jurisdiction to create a new recognition of legal parentage other than that which already exists — genetic contribution, adoption, or gestational primacy

A judgment of adoption, like any judgment, may be vacated

Before a State may sever completely and irrevocably the rights of parents in their natural child, due process requires that the State support its allegations by at least clear and convincing evidence

The “placed for adoption” standard

A parent seeking to show that he or she has affirmatively assumed the duties of being a parent’ need only demonstrate the establishment and maintenance of a place of importance in the child’s life

The policy in our State is not to remove children from less capable parents for the purpose of placing them with more capable parents, those with more economic resources, nor those who are better educated

The possibility of serious psychological harm to a child transcends all other considerations

A stepparent adoption

A situation where a custodial parent or parents have left their child with a family member or friend for an extended period of time