North dakota Adoption

The courthouse can be an unhappy place, but that is not always the case.  Adoptions are the event that brings families together.  An adoption hearing is a time to celebrate new beginnings and new moments.  We are happy to be a small part of that event for you.

In North Dakota, anyone can adopt another person, be they a stepchild, family member, or even an adult.  The process for each adoption varies depending on if it is a step-parent or relative adoption, an identified adoption, or an adoption through an agency.  In most cases, the process involves gathering necessary documents, serving papers on biological parents and the State of North Dakota, and a brief hearing before a judge.   In cases where the child is not a relative or a stepparent, additional steps, such as a home study, are necessary.

Some states require biological parents’ rights to be terminated in one action, and the adoption in a second, separate, action.  In North Dakota, termination of biological parents’ rights and granting the adoption are all handled within the adoption action.  However, in cases where the child is part of an identified adoption, the process does require two sperate steps that occur over a period of months.

Depending on the type of adoption you are looking for, the process may be relatively fast and inexpensive as opposed to other legal actions.  However, if a parent refuses to consent, or complications arise with an agency, the time and costs can increase.