Who needs to give consent in a Phoenix adoption?

Whether you are pursuing a Phoenix relative adoption or an Arizona adoption through an agency, certain parties must give consent before the adoption can proceed. While you should consult a Phoenix family law attorney for specific answers before pursuing an adoption, you should expect that you will need consent from the following individuals:
  • The birth mother: Unless the court has otherwise terminated parental rights, the birth mother must consent to the adoption.
  • The birth father: If the birth father was married to the birth mother, adopted the child, or otherwise established paternity, then he must give consent to the adoption.
  • The child: If the child is over 12 years of age, then he or she also must consent to the adoption.
  • A legal guardian: If the court has terminated parental rights, then consent must be given by the child's legal guardian.

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