Considering step parent adoption in Queensland? We can guide you through the process. Get in touch with a family law expert at Michael Lynch Family Lawyers.
In Australia, adoption is not dealt with by the Family Law Act. Rather, each state and territory has its own laws. Queensland’s adoption laws can seem complex, but the following information will help you understand the process.
Adoption in Queensland
For Queenslanders, the Adoption Act 2009 is the key legislation. It promotes the wellbeing and best interests of all adopted persons.
Adopting privately is illegal in Queensland. The state government facilitates all adoptions through the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services. This department provides assistance throughout the adoption process to:
- Birth parents considering adoption
- Children who need adoptive services
- People seeking to adopt
- Individuals looking to lodge a contact statement regarding a past adoption.
The Adoption Act 2009 states that a child may only be adopted with the consent of their birth parents. A child may also be adopted if they do not have a parent who is able and willing to provide them with long-term care.
Anyone seeking to adopt a child in Queensland can have their suitability assessed by completing an Adoption Expression of Interest form. If you meet the eligibility requirements, the department will notify you and add your name to the expression of interest register.
Adopting a Step-Child
This is one area where the Family Law Court of Australia does get involved in Queensland adoptions. All step-parents who wish to formally adopt a step-child must receive leave from the Family Court. This can only occur if the step-parent meets all the eligibility conditions in the Adoption Act 2009.
When someone seeks to adopt a step-child, the court considers each involved party’s interests (including the non-custodial parent). Adopting a child takes lots of commitment, so step-parents are encouraged to take this process extremely seriously.
Speak with One of Queensland’s Most Respected Step Parent Adoption Lawyers
Michael Lynch Family Lawyers is one of the oldest and most trusted family law firms in Queensland. With a combined 100 years of professional experience, we have expert knowledge of step-parent adoption laws and processes.
If you are planning to adopt a step-child, we can provide you with expert legal advice. Contact our Brisbane office today for more information on the services we offer regarding step-parent adoption law.