An adult adoption creates a legally recognized parent-child relationship between two adults. The most common reasons for pursuing an adult adoption are to allow the adopted child to inherit from the adoptive parent, to formalize an existing close, but informal parent-child relationship or to assist with estate planning.
No consent from the biological parents is required for an adult adoption; however, if the person to be adopted is married, the spouse’s consent is required. Also, if the adopting parent is married, his or her spouse must consent to the adoption.
Since there is no homestudy investigation required in an adult adoption, the process can be completed in a matter of 2-3 months, or more quickly when necessary.