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Is natural father required to relinquish for adult adoptions in Georgia?

Acworth, GA |

I wish to adopt my grown stepdaughters ages 31 and 29 who have considered me "Dad" for approximately 20 years. They and their mother (my wife of 19 years) agree to the adoption. Do I still need their natural father's permission to adopt them though he released custody, visitation, and child support approximately 16 years ago?

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  1. It is perfectly natural to want to seek to legalize an emotional attachment to adults in your life who you would like to play the role of parent to, regardless if they are already over the age of 18. Therefore, an adult adoption does seem like a good legal solution. In Georgia, an adult adoption does not require the consent of the legal parent, therefore you would not have to involve their biological parents in their decision to be adopted by a different, loving, adult. Additionally, adult adoption is usually a much easier and less expensive process than the adoption of a child.

    If you would like to discuss the process in detail, my office would be happy to talk with you. We are located in Georgia and concentrate on adoption. We regularly give guidance on this type of case. You can also find a list of other experienced Georgia adoption attorneys through www.gacal.org.

    Good luck!

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  2. No termination or relinquishment is required in adult adoptions. Adult adoptions are rather inexpensive when done by someone who knows how to do them (and each court seems to handle them a bit differently).

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  3. I agree with the previous answers and would emphasize that it is money well spent to retain an attorney who has handled this type of case in the past. I also agree that this is a relatively inexpensive adoption. Best of luck to you and congratulations.

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