Ask AF: Moving and Readoption

The legal expert explains jurisdiction and when to file for readoption.

Q: I’m about to move. Can I readopt after I move, or do I have to readopt in the state I lived in when I brought my child home?

A:  If you have filed a petition for readoption in your current state, and have to move to another state before its finalized, the court in your current state will maintain jurisdiction over your readoption. If you have not yet filed your petition, you can start afresh in your new state. The rule of thumb is that you file your readoption petition in the state in which you reside. There is no requirement that you have to go back to your original state of residence to readopt.




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