Adult Adoptions – Yes, You’ve Read This Correct

The Adoption of an Adult by an Adult

In New Jersey, an adult may adopt another adult.   Generally, an adult is anyone eighteen (18) years old or older.  (1) Unless waived by the Court, the consent of the person being adopted is required.  An adult may be adopted by an unmarried adult, a married person with the consent of his or her spouse or a married couple jointly.

If the adoption is approved a judgment is entered and the rights of the natural parents to inherit from the adult person adopted are terminated but the right of the person adopted to inherit from the natural parents is preserved.  All other relations between the natural parent and the person who is adopted are terminated.

In general, the relationship between the adult adopted person and the adopting parents are the same as if the person adopted had been born to the adopting parents.  At Hanlon Niemann, we have handled adult adoptions and welcome the opportunity to help in this meaningful process.

If you have questions about the adoption of an adult by an adult in NJ, contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq.

toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or

to schedule a consultation about your particular needs.  He welcomes your calls and inquiries and you’ll find him easy to talk to and very approachable.

Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, New Jersey, Monmouth County Adoption Attorney