I already have lived with my grandparents all of my life and they have raised me, my mom just says that she lives with us for school stuff. But I am 17 and I would like my grandparents to adopt me, How would that work and how much would that cost (like an estimate)?
I think the first question you have to ask yourself is why now? You will be an adult at age 18 or 21 depending upon the circumstances. Why go through the adoption procedure at this point? I do understand that this is an emotional issue for you but an adoption proceeding runs into thousands of dollars in legal fees, court costs, court evaluator costs (attorney appointed by the court) and may result in your mom opposing (she has this right although you would probably overcome any claim she has) it which would cost more money for you. There are many factors to consider and you should consult with an experienced attorney in this field before you go ahead.
It certainly is possible, particularly if both of your biological parents consent. But what is the imperative? Are your grandparents looking to do this? There may be other options to achieve their goals if the desire is for estate planning purposes.
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Yes you could do it. Is there some benefit to being their child instead of grandchild? It is great you have grandparents you love and who raised you. You will need your mother's consent to do the adoption or it will become drawn out etc. Even if there is an adoption it won't erase your Mom emotionally etc. Food for thought. Good luck.
Yes, but unless you're doing it for you nto be able to inherit directly from them (which they could otherwise accomplish with a will), then you become an adult at age 18. The adoption process itself takes about a year, so you'd be an adult either just before or after the adoption becomes finalized. Call a Westchester Family Law attorney for more info.
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