San Diego County Adult Adoption

While adult adoption law is the same throughout California, each county's court has its own process for doing things. This includes approving an adult adoption. For something as procedure-heavy as requesting an adult adoption—the law is easy to understand, but filing all of the forms in the correct manner can be tricky—the differences between California's courthouses can be a headache.

The San Diego County Courthouse, which has jurisdiction over adult adoptions in the cities of San Diego County: Carlsbad, Chula Vista, Coronado, Del Mar, El Cajon, Encinitas, Escondido, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, Lemon Grove, National City, Oceanside, Poway, San Diego, San Marcos, Santee, Solana Beach, and Vista. Here is how the adult adoption process works in the San Diego County Juvenile Court.

File Necessary Court Forms

In order to get an adult adoption processed by the San Diego County Courthouse, you will need to fill out and file San Diego County Superior Court Juvenile Forms that are specific to Adult Adoption.

These forms need to be filed with the court's Juvenile Division Courthouse. While the staff there can be helpful, they have a strict policy of not discussing specific adult adoption cases over the phone as they are not able to verify the caller's identity enough to warrant disclosure of confidential information.

Prepare for and attend Adult Adoption Hearing

Once the forms have been properly filed, a hearing will be scheduled.

The adoptive parent and the adoptee need to be present at the adoption hearing, and they have to bring with them the Order of Adoption form for the judge to sign.

This hearing is where the judge will ask pointed questions concerning the adoption in order to determine if the adoption is being done for an ulterior motive and to make sure that all of the requirements are being met. Having a lawyer on hand to help answer these questions can make the process go smoothly and get the judge's signature.

San Diego County Adult Adoption Attorney John J. Pearson

Throughout this process, even trivial mistakes can lead to the court's rejection of your adult adoption request. Having adult adoption attorney John J. Pearson with you to help can make a huge difference in the outcome. Contact him online for the legal help you need to bring your family together.