Adoption can be an amazing endeavor. Indeed, the opportunity to expand your family by adopting a child can be a joyous experience. But with the legal requirements surrounding adoption, it can be a complex and potentially confusing one as well. It can seem impossible for the average Wyoming resident to make heads or tails of the state laws that regulate who can be adopted, by whom, and how. So here is a brief summary of adoption laws in Wyoming.
Most regulations regarding adoption exist at the state level, and will dictate who is allowed to adopt and the special requirements for adoptive parents. Under Wyoming law spouses must join in the adoption unless they are legally separated. Even the simplest adoptions can be a momentous and complex process; for help in understanding the law and what your legal requirements might be, you may want to contact an attorney.
Adoption Laws in Wyoming
States are free to set up their own adoption laws, which can differ from other states’. Adoption laws in Wyoming are highlighted in the chart below.
|Code Section||1-22-101; et seq.; No|
|Who May Be Adopted||Any person|
|Age that Child's Consent Needed||14 years and older|
|Who May Adopt||Any adult person who has resided in state during 60 days immediately preceding filing of petition and who is determined by court to be fit and competent to be a parent.|
|Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption?||6 months|
|State Agency/Court||Department of Family Services/District|
|Statute of Limitations to Challenge||-|
Wyoming, like most states, allows any person to be adopted, and any adult, single or married, to adopt. After the age of 14, the child’s consent is required if the child’s natural parents no longer have parental rights. Many states have created adoption courts designed to look out for the best interests of a child during adoption proceedings.
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The adoption process can be lengthy, and the state statutes and policies concerning adoption can seem never ending. If you would like legal assistance with an adoption case, you can contact an experienced Wyoming adoption attorney in your area to schedule a consultation. You can also visit FindLaw’s Adoption and Adoption Laws section for more articles and resources on this topic.
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