Adult Adoptions – Yes, You’ve Read This Correct

Here’s an Overview of New Jersey Law Governing the Adoption of an Adult by an Adult

In New Jersey, it is legal for an adult to adopt another adult.  New Jersey defines an adult as anyone eighteen (18) years old or older.

Unless waived by a court, the consent of the person being adopted is required. An adult may be adopted by an unmarried adult, a married adult with the consent of his or her spouse, or a married couple jointly.

If the adoption is approved a judgment is entered by the court and the rights of the natural parents to inherit from the adult person adopted are terminated but the right of the person adopted to inherit from his or her natural parents is preserved.  All other relations except those noted in the prior sentence between the natural biological parent and the adult person who is adopted are terminated.

In general, the relationship between the adopted adult and the adopting parent(s) is the same as if the person adopted had been born to the adopting parents or adopted as a minor child.  At Hanlon Niemann & Wright, we have handled adult adoptions and welcome the opportunity to help in this meaningful process.

If you have questions about the adoption of an adult by another adult(s) in NJ, contact Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. toll-free at (855) 376-5291 or to schedule a consultation about your particular needs.  He welcomes your calls and inquiries and you’ll find him easy to talk to and very approachable.


Written by Fredrick P. Niemann, Esq. of Hanlon Niemann & Wright, a Freehold, New Jersey, Monmouth County Adoption Attorney