Adult adoption is not available in all states. However, under California law, one adult can adopt another adult, thus creating a legal parent-child relationship between them. Most of the time, when you become someone’s adopted child, your biological parents cease to be your legal parents. The only exception to this is when a stepparent adopts an adult stepchild; in that case, the adult’s legal parents would be the stepparent and biological parent who is married to the stepparent. California has few restrictions on who can adopt whom, but the adoptive parent must be at least ten years older than the adult adoptee. Read on to learn more about the forms needed to adopt an adult in California.

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The forms needed to adopt an adult in California will vary from county to county. In other words, instead of being able to use standardized judicial council forms to adopt an adult in California, each county requires that the adoptive parent and the adult adoptee prepare specific custom pleadings consistent with the county’s local rules. Fortunately, you do not need to hire a lawyer to prepare forms needed to adopt an adult in California. With this in mind, is wise to hire an experienced legal document assistant to prepare the documents for you.

Why Choose Adult Adoption?

Being an adult means having the freedom to choose the closest people in your life. Your real family consists of the people you confide in and share life’s joys and challenges. These relationships are not based on whether the law recognizes them. However, unless you establish a legal relationship, bureaucracy can get in the way, especially in times of illness or death. Many people choose adult adoption for inheritance purposes. Adoption makes it easier for the adult adoptee to inherit from the adoptive parent. It’s also helpful if later you need to establish legal authority to manage one of the parties’ healthcare due to a disability or chronic illness.

California Adult Adoption Documents

To formalize a legal parent-child relationship between two adults, you must submit the following documents to the court:

  • Adoption agreement – a document in which both parties express their consent to enter a legal parent-child relationship
  • Petition for approval of adoption agreement – a document explaining why formal adoption would be in the best interest of the parties
  • Order of adoption – a declaration of the new legal relationship between the parties. The Judge will sign the Order of adoption at the adoption hearing
  • Spousal consent forms – applicable if either of the parties is married

Do You Need to Hire an Adoption Lawyer?

It is not necessary to hire a lawyer to formalize an adult adoption in California. In fact, hiring a lawyer for such a simple process as adult adoption would be a waste of money. Since the process requires custom pleadings, however, it is a good idea to hire a legal document assistant to prepare them.

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When you’re ready to complete forms needed to adopt an adult in California, it’s best to hire a legal document assistant.  A People’s Choice has extensive experience preparing all the required forms to adopt an adult in California. Using an attorney to file for an adult adoption can cost thousands of dollars and is an unnecessary expense.  Contact A People’s Choice for help with your adult adoption forms by calling 800-747-2780 today.

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