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Hawaii Adoption Laws

Adopting a child can be an amazing, joyous occasion for prospective parents, and a chance to celebrate an addition to your family. However, the adoption process can also be complicated -- both emotionally and legally. Each state has laws regarding who can adopt, who can be adopted, and how, and these laws can be hard to figure out.

Here is a brief introduction to Hawaii adoption laws.

State Adoption Laws

Regulations and laws regarding adoption, including who may adopt and special requirements for adoptive parents, are similar among most states. There are minor differences between states, but most adoption statutes are generally uniform across the nation. This can't be stressed enough: consult with an attorney as you navigate the adoption process. Adoption is such a complicated (and important) process, it is wise to contact an experienced adoption attorney in Hawaii for assistance.

Adoption Statutes in Hawaii

The various state adoption laws can differ depending on where you live. Below are some of the highlights of Hawaii's adoption laws, including regulations on who may adopt, child consent requirements, and the relevant procedures.

Code Section § 578-1 to 17 of the Hawaii Revised Statutes
Who May Be Adopted Any person
Age that Child's Consent Needed 10 years and older; if a married adult, consent of spouse also
Who May Adopt Any proper adult person, not married, or married to the legal parent of minor, or spouses jointly.
Home Residency Required Prior to Finalization of Adoption? No
State Agency/Court Human Services/Family
Statute of Limitations to Challenge 1 year

Note: State laws are always subject to change through the passage of new legislation, rulings in the higher courts (including federal decisions), ballot initiatives, and other means. While we strive to provide the most current information available, please consult an attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.


Related Resources for Adoption Laws

State standards and regulations concerning adoption can be complex and are subject to change. You can visit FindLaw's Adoption Laws section to review some of these laws and get a more general overview in our Adoption section.

Get Legal Help With an Adoption

Adoption can be a complicated process. There are many state and federal laws that govern adoption. An attorney will help you navigate these laws. They will help review your case, provide helpful legal advice, and advocate for you and your future child.

If you would like legal assistance with an adoption case, you can find an experienced Hawaii adoption attorney in your area to schedule a consultation.

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