If we assess that it is a family adoption, you will not need to be approved as the adopting person. You will be invited for a first interview at the Agency of Family Law, where you will receive guidance on family adoption.
Family adoptions can be performed be it you are single or married or cohabiting. If you are married or have a cohabiting partner, you must as an absolute rule apply for adoption together. This is upon condition that you have been cohabiting for at least 2½ years.
As a rule, you must have attained the age of 25. At the same time, you must in principle be at least 14 years older than the child you wish to adopt. You must have lived with the child for 3 years before the child turns 18. This period does not need to have been continuous.
In certain cases, it may be important for the adoption to know if the child has whole or half-blood siblings, who are not applied for adoption, or who do not meet the requirements for adoption.