Adoption Order

An adoption order confers legal parentage and parental responsibility upon an individual (adopter) for a child.  It is designed to be a permanent legal order under English law. It can be used flexibly in a number of modern family situations, including:

  • Conferring legal parenthood on a non birth parent following assisted conception.
  • Conferring legal parenthood on a family member for a child (e.g. following family placement of the child or unexpected death of a parent).
  • Conferring legal parenthood on a step-parent in a blended family.
  • Dispute about a child’s legal parentage.

We can also provide bespoke legal advice and representation in an application to obtain an order recognising a foreign adoption under English common law.

We are experienced in placing family life on a firm legal basis. We provide cutting-edge legal advice, options and solutions for modern and blended families as well as those formed through assisted reproduction. Our preeminent legal expertise in both fertility and family law enables us to align the needs and wishes of modern families and those formed through assisted reproduction.

How We can Help

Our legal services under English law include:

  • Legal packages
  • Bespoke legal advice tailored to your situation, needs and wishes
  • Preparation of legal documentation
  • Legal support and representation in court proceedings

Package One

Adoption order – legal review

This provides expert English legal advice on adoption law for prospective parents, step-parents, family members and others looking to privately adopt a child.

If you wish to discuss your situation or you require legal assistance please contact us.

 +44 (0) 20 7965 8399

Bespoke Legal Services

We also provide further and ongoing tailored legal advice, assistance and representation in legal proceedings for adoption (and other family orders) in the English Family Court, including:


News and commentary

Click here to read more about our media and commentary work in relation to family and fertility law, policy and practice.

“UK Adoption Order granted to a single non-biological mother for a child born through a Californian surrogacy arrangement”, (Louisa Ghevaert Associates’ blog, 3 March 2023).

“Declaration of parentage: confirming family ancestry and biological parentage following adoption” (Louisa Ghevaert Associates blog, 8 June 2022).

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