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Adoption Act 2000 No 75
Current version for 27 June 2017 to date (accessed 24 September 2017 at 13:04)
Chapter 4 Part 1 Section 27
27   Adoption by one person
(cf AC Act ss 8, 19 (2) and (3), 20, 21 (1) (c) (i) (a))
(1) Basic requirements One person may, subject to this Act, adopt a child only if the person is:
(a)  resident or domiciled in the State, and
(b)  of good repute and a fit and proper person to fulfil the responsibilities of a parent.
(2) Age requirements The Court must not make an adoption order in favour of one person who is not a birth parent or relative of the child unless:
(a)  the person is 21 or more years of age and 18 or more years older than the child, or
(b)  the Court considers that in the particular circumstances of the case it is desirable to make the order even though the person does not fulfil the age requirements.
(3) Consent of spouse The Court must not make an adoption order in favour of one person who is living with a spouse unless the person’s spouse consents in writing to the application for the adoption order.
Note.
 Spouse is defined in the Dictionary.