By Christopher Adkins
In North Carolina, under NCGS 48-5-101, any adult may adopt another adult, but spouses may not adopt each other. Adult adoption may be for a number of reasons including a transfer of inheritance rights, the recognition of a close relationship, or the potential benefits the adoptee may qualify for (ex. medical insurance, immigration status). North Carolina defines an adult as an individual who is 18 years of age, or if under 18 years of age, is either married, or has been legally emancipated.
To petition for an adult adoption in North Carolina, the parties must file the following paperwork:
Additionally, NCGS 48-2-605 requires that the adoptive parent and adoptee both appear in person, unless the court waives this requirement for cause. If the appearance is waived, an attorney (with written authorization) must appear for either or both parties. At least 30 days must have elapsed from the filing of the adoption petition (unless waived by the clerk), but notice of the petition must have been served on all necessary persons.
If you are interested in an adult adoption and need to speak with an adoption attorney, contact Adkins Law. Adkins Law has locations in Huntersville and Ballantyne, and primarily serves Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, and the Lake Norman area.