German Adoption Lawyer

German Family Lawyers

German Adoption Lawyer

German Family Lawyers

In 2021, a total of 3,843 children were adopted in Germany. About two-thirds of these were stepchild adoptions, in which a person adopts their partner’s child to also become a legal parent. Adoption also offers a solution for couples who cannot have children themselves but have a strong desire to have children. However, the adoption procedure is very lengthy and subject to strict requirements. To be clear about the procedure and the legal consequences of adoption, the professional advice of an experienced lawyer is strongly recommended.

Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte offers professional legal advice on all questions of German adoption law. Our lawyers have extensive experience dealing with the relevant adoption agencies and services. They will support you through the adoption procedure, mitigate against the complications involved, and ensure your application meets all legal requirements. If you are considering adoption and would like personal legal advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Legal assistance in German Family Law

Representation in Adoption Proceedings
  • Clarification of all relevant questions regarding German adoption law

  • Legal support within the framework of adoption proceedings

German Adoption Law: Current Legal Situation

German adoption law is regulated by the German Civil Code (BGB). The German legislator distinguishes between the adoption of a minor (§§ 1741 ff. BGB) and that of an adult (§§ 1767 ff. BGB). In addition, the Adoption Mediation Act (Adoptionsvermittlungsgesetz, AdVermiG) regulates further details on the adoption procedure and adoption mediation. In principle, an adoption establishes a relationship between the parents or an adopting parent and the child. This relationship is independent of the biological parentage of the child. After a legally effective adoption, a minor adopted child is placed on an equal footing with natural children to have the same rights and obligations.

Forms of Adoption under German Adoption Law

The most common type of adoption is that of a minor child. Even here, there are different forms of adoption, each of which entails specific legal consequences.