Connecticut State Laws Adopting an Adult

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While far less common than child adoption, adult adoption statutes exist in all fifty states. Adult adoption allows two consenting persons who are at least eighteen years of age to create a formal family relationship via court order. The most common reason for doing so is to enable the adopted person to be eligible for health insurance, inheritance and other benefits otherwise unavailable to them.

The adult adoptee may not be the spouse, sibling, aunt or uncle of the adoptive parent. If either the adoptive parent or adult adoptee is married, his or her spouse must provide written consent. While not the case in all states, Connecticut statute requires the adopting adult to be older than the adult being adopted.

Relevant portions of the Connecticut General Statute are given below:

Connecticut General Statute § 45a-734. Adoption of adults. Inheritance.

  • (a) “Any person eighteen years of age or older may, by written agreement with another person at least eighteen years of age but younger than himself, unless the other person is his or her wife, husband, brother, sister, uncle or aunt of the whole or half-blood, adopt the other person as his child, provided the written agreement shall be approved by the court of probate for the district in which the adopting parent resides or, if the adopting parent is not an inhabitant of this state, for the district in which the adopted person resides.” CONN. GEN. STATS. § 45a-734(a) (2011).
  • (c) A married person shall not adopt a person under the provisions of this section unless both husband and wife join in the adoption agreement, except that the Court of Probate may approve an adoption agreement by either of them upon finding that there is sufficient reason why the other should not join in the agreement. CONN. GEN. STATS. § 45a-734(a) (2011).
  • (d) When one of the biological parents of an adult has died and the surviving parent remarries, the person with whom the remarriage is celebrated may become an adopting parent without the biological parent's joining in the adoption except to consent in writing. Upon the approval of the court, the adopted person shall be in law the child of both. CONN. GEN. STATS. § 45a-734(a) (2011).

Connecticut General Statute § 45a-735. Husband or wife of adopted adult to consent.

“An agreement of adoption between persons of the age of majority shall not be approved without the written consent of the husband or wife, if any, of the adopted person. CONN. GEN. STATS. § 45a-735 (2011).

If you would like to learn more about adult adoption in Connecticut, you may access summary information about the entire Connecticut Adoption Statute here.

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