Adoption Q&A: Adopting After a Second Marriage

by | Jun 18, 2014 | Adoptive Families Blog

holding handsQuestion: My husband and I are both on our second marriages. Will this affect our ability to adopt?

Answer: In domestic independent adoptions, the birth mother makes most of the choices about who will parent the child. She often has no problem with a couple where the husband or wife has been married before. Some domestic agencies and some foreign countries do not allow adoption for anyone who has divorced.

Many agencies look at the stability of the current marriage and will consider couples who have been divorced. If you are going on your fifth or sixth marriage, this indicates to birth mothers and to adoption professionals alike that your present marriage may be short-lived, and you may not be able to adopt.

This information was excerpted from a book written by Lifetime Adoption’s Founder Mardie Caldwell, Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide. Do you have questions about adoption? Call Lifetime Adoption Center today at (530) 271-1740 to get one-on-one answers!

Heidi Keefer
Written by Heidi Keefer

Heidi Keefer is a Content Creator for Lifetime Adoption and has 15 years of experience in the field of adoption. An author of thousands of blog posts over the years, Heidi enjoys finding new ways to educate and captivate Lifetime’s ever-growing list of subscribers.

Heidi has a keen eye for misplaced apostrophes, comma splices, and well-turned sentences, which she has put to good use as a contributor to Lifetime’s award-winning blogs. She has written and published hundreds of adoption articles which explore the various facets of domestic infant adoption today.

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