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Can we adopt as an unmarried couple?

| Jan 25, 2019 | Family Law |

If you are an unmarried couple in the state of Oregon, you may consider yourself in a lifetime partnership regardless of the legalities. Therefore, if you are considering going through the process of adopting a child, you may wonder if you will be treated on the same terms as a married couple would.

It is important that you understand the laws that specifically apply to Oregon in a situation such as this because adoption law can vary significantly from state to state. In order to adopt in Oregon, you must have been a resident of the state for at least six months.

Adoption laws relating to unmarried couples

The adoption laws in Oregon state that a single person, an unmarried couple or a married couple can adopt children. Additionally, the state treats same-sex couples equally in regard to their right to adopt.

When could the adoption process be challenging for an unmarried couple?

While the law in the state of Oregon does not pose any challenge for unmarried couples, it is important to note that private adoption agencies may enforce their own rules. Therefore, if you are considering going through the adoption process with a private agency, it is important that you understand how their selection process works. As an unmarried couple, you may face longer waiting times to adopt if married couples are given preference.

If you are facing difficulties in adopting in the state of Oregon, it is important that you take the time to understand your rights under the law. You should also waste no time in getting the process started.