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I’ve adopted a child internationally and I need legal advice

Legal issues following international adoption can be very complex. You may have found that there was a problem with the initial adoption, or you may be in a dispute with your spouse or partner. You may simply need advice about legacy and estate planning for your new family. Whatever your concern, it is important to take proper legal advice.

The law in this area touches on many things, including the regulations here and abroad and the welfare of your child. Solutions can be slow and complicated depending on your situation. Top quality legal advice will help you to navigate these complexities, protecting yourself and your family.

As a top family law firm, incorporating world-leading expertise in fertility, adoption and family law, Vardags can help you steer you through this complex process. Our advice can help you with any issues that have arisen during, or after, the adoption process, including advising you on adoption applications made under the Hague Convention 1993 on Protection of Children and co-operation in respect of inter-country adoption.

Frequently Asked Questions

Bringing a child into the UK for the purposes of adoption is a criminal offence, punishable with up to 12 month’s imprisonment and/or a fine. In order to bring a child into the UK for the purposes of adoption, there are strict regulations that need to be complied with, preferably in advance of bringing the child in. It is vital to seek legal advice prior to bringing a child who you wish to adopt into the UK.

Whether the child you have adopted from abroad will be recognised as legally yours in the UK depends on various factors. For example, if you adopt a child from a country that is a signatory to the Hague Convention 1993 through a Convention Adoption, then that adoption will be recognised in all 76 Hague Convention countries. An adoption that is classed as an ‘overseas’ adoption, and recognised as a full adoption in the UK may be registered in the Adopted Children Register.

If you have an international lifestyle, being able to move around freely with your adopted child will be a high priority. Whether you have legal parental status internationally will depend on whether the adoption order you hold is recognisable in the countries you will reside in.With our international expertise we can offer you specialist legal advice as to the potential issues you may face in different jurisdictions, and how to overcome them. As many of our clients have international lifestyles, we experienced at dealing with the legal complexities arising from the application of UK law internationally.

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