How does "adoption" work in Nevada?

The choice to adopt a child is one of the most important decisions a parent will ever make. Though adopting a child is a joyful time in a parent's life, the Nevada adoption process can be challenging and emotionally draining on the child, the adoptive and the biological parents.

There are many technical procedures and requirements for adoption in Nevada that you may be unaware of. Our Las Vegas adoption lawyers can help guide you through this process and ensure that your adoption experience goes as smoothly as possible for you and your child.

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Are there age restrictions for adoptive parents and children in Nevada?

Nevada adoption law allows a minor child to be adopted by an adult aged 21 or older. In addition, the adult adopting the child must also be at least 10 years older than the child he/she is adopting. The child's consent to the adoption is required if the child is over the age of 14.

Who can adopt a child in Nevada?

The Nevada law on adoption states that any adult or any married couple may petition the court for permission to adopt a minor child. In the case of married couples, both spouses must first consent to the adoption before the petition may be granted. Any person petitioning the court for permission to adopt a child must have resided in Nevada for at least six (6) months before the petition is granted.

How do I petition a Nevada court for an adoption?

A Nevada petition for adoption must contain very particular information about the child and the adoptive parent's ability to care for the child. The petition must include the following:

  • The name and age of the people seeking to adopt the child.

  • The age of the child to be adopted.

  • A statement that the petitioners intend to establish a parent-child relationship with the child.

  • That the petitioners are fit and proper people to have the care and custody of the child.

  • That they are able to provide for the child financially.

  • That they have received the proper consent required by Nevada law.

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Do the child's biological or legal parents need to consent to the adoption in Nevada?

Typically, the child's biological or legal parents must consent to the specific adoption before it may take place. If both of the child's parents are alive, then the consent of both parents is required except in limited circumstances. However, consent from the child's parents is not necessary in cases where the court has terminated the parents' parental rights.

How are parental rights terminated by a Nevada court?

A judge decides whether terminating a parent's parental rights will serve the “best interests” of the child. Termination of parental rights may be appropriate in the following circumstances:

  • The biological parents abandoned the child;

  • The biological parents neglected the child;

  • The biological parents were otherwise unfit to parent the child; or

  • The child would be at risk of serious physical, mental, or emotional injury if the child remained in the home of the biological parents.

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Why should I hire a Nevada adoption lawyer?

Though adopting a child can be the most wonderful moment in a parent's life, the adoption process is often contentious and trying. The adoption lawyers at Las Vegas Defense Group, L.L.C., will guide you through the complicated Nevada adoption process and ensure that it goes as smoothly as possible.

Adoption is one of the biggest decisions a parent can make. Do not attempt to navigate the Nevada adoption process alone. Contact us at 702-DEFENSE (702-333-3673) for a FREE consultation today.

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