Everything You Need to Know About Adult Adoption in Nebraska

There is a lot of conflicting information about adopting an adult, especially in Nebraska. If you’re considering this option, it’s important to get accurate and clear guidance. In this blog post, we’ll explore what adult adoption entails and the different ways it can be done.

What is Adult Adoption

Adult adoption is the process of legally adopting a person who is 19 years or older, whether they are related to you or not. There are two primary types of adult adoption:

1. Stepparent Adult Adoption
2. Non-Biologically Related Adult Adoption

Stepparent Adult Adoption

In many blended families, biological parents remain involved, and the stepparent doesn’t need to adopt the stepchild. However, in cases where the biological parent is absent or has abandoned the child, the stepparent may step in to fill the parental role. Often, families wait until the child is an adult to pursue adoption. It’s common for a stepchild, upon reaching adulthood, to express a desire for the stepparent to adopt them, signifying the formalization of a relationship that has long been in place.

For example, a stepchild who turns 19 might ask their stepparent to adopt them. This is a beautiful affirmation of the bond they share. In Nebraska, it’s not uncommon for adults aged 25, 35, or even 45 to be adopted by their stepparents to formally recognize the parent-child relationship.

Adult Adoption

Another scenario for adult adoption involves non-relatives. This could occur if you’ve played a significant parental or mentorship role in someone’s life. For instance, if a high school friend of your child frequently lived with you due to a rocky family situation, you might have become a parental figure to them. As this individual reaches adulthood, they may wish to formalize this relationship through adoption.

To adopt an adult in this context, Nebraska law requires proof of an established parent-child relationship for at least six months before the individual turned 19. This requirement ensures that the relationship has a strong foundation and isn’t a recent development.

Legal Requirements and Process

The legal process for adult adoption in Nebraska involves:

– Filing a petition for adoption.
– Providing evidence of the established parent-child relationship.
– Attending a court hearing where a judge will review the case and decide on the adoption.

Why Adopt an Adult?

Adopting an adult can provide emotional closure and legal recognition of a relationship that has long existed. It can be a meaningful way to affirm your bond and ensure legal rights and responsibilities are recognized.

If you’re considering adult adoption, schedule a free consultation with us today by calling our office at 402-235-1112.