The creation of a family, where a child’s biological family cannot care for a child is a primarily positive area of Family Law.

The child may be a NZ citizen, or born overseas. Whether a domestic or inter-country adoption is planned, the Adoption Unit of Child Youth and Family is your first port of call.

Lawyers assist in the process, either obtaining consent from the biological parents or assisting obtaining an Adoption Order for the adoptive parents.

The process is clearly defined under the law.

A modern twist on determining the legal status of child is the impact of IVF treatment with donor sperm/eggs, and the use of surrogates.

I have specialist experience in both adoptions and other “status of children” issues, and I will be able to advise you.