New Jersey Adoption Laws
|Code Section||9:3, et seq. (minor); 2A:22-1 et seq. (adult); No|
|Who May Be Adopted||Any person. If adult adoption, must be 10 years younger than petitioner|
|Age that Child's Consent Needed||10 years and older (to be given consideration)|
|Who May Adopt||Any person of at least 18 yrs. If petitioner is married, spouse must consent or application may be made jointly. Court may waive any of these requirements for good cause.|
|Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?||6 months|
|State Agency/Court||Human Services/Superior, Chancery Division, Family Dept.|
|Statute of Limitations to Challenge||Not specified|
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