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Title 15A : Adoption Act

Chapter 005 : ADOPTION OF ADULTS AND EMANCIPATED MINORS

(Cite as: 15A V.S.A. § 5-103)
  • § 5-103. Consent by spouse

    (a) Consent to the adoption of an adult or emancipated minor is required only of the spouse of the prospective adoptive parent, unless they are legally separated, or the court finds that the spouse is not capable of giving consent or is withholding consent contrary to the best interest of the adoptee and the prospective adoptive parent.

    (b) The consent of the spouse of the prospective adoptive parent:

    (1) shall be in writing and be signed or confirmed in the presence of the court or a person authorized to take acknowledgments;

    (2) shall state that the spouse:

    (A) consents to the proposed adoption; and

    (B) understands the consequences the adoption may have for any right of inheritance, property, or support the spouse has; and

    (3) may contain a waiver of any proceedings for adoption. (Added 1995, No. 161 (Adj. Sess.), § 1.)