With many parents and children living in blended families, a question that will often arise is whether legal steps should be taken by a step parent to adopt the child of their partner/spouse or civil partner. [Read more…] about Step Parent Adoption
Becoming a dad for the first time is many things. Exciting. Moving. Nerve-wracking! And one thing it shouldn’t be is complicated. If you are in a same-sex relationship, you will often need a bit of help creating your family, and it no doubt comes with many questions! Here we answer the most asked questions from our clients in a male same-sex couple.
BTO’s Lesley Gordon discusses the legal landscape surrounding parenting where the parents are female same-sex partners. [Read more…] about Parental issues for female same sex couples
We discuss a recent judgement from the Court of Appeal which rejected the argument that a person adopted in France to French nationals now living in the UK was a family member for the purposes of entry clearance under the EEA Regulations.
In recognising that there was no reported decision in Scotland where a foreign adoption order had been recognised and registered at Common Law, Lord Brailsford granted decree at Common Law on 4th June.
A recent Sheriff Court decision has emphasised that if someone seeks to adopt a child but one of the natural parents of the child does not consent to the adoption then that adoption will only proceed if the child’s welfare requires it.
International or overseas Adoption is not always the seemingly glamorous high profile event that we might associate with Madonna or Brangelina. Very often the desire to adopt from abroad comes from members of the child’s extended family living in the UK.