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5. Do I have to tell my adoptive parents that I want to discharge my adoption order, and do I need their consent?

Do I have to tell my adoptive parents or my birth parents that I want to discharge my adoption order, and do I need their consent?

Answer

The consent of birth parents and adoptive parents is not required for the Court to make a discharge Order. However, the other parties to the adoption may oppose the application for the discharge of an adoption Order. 

In such cases the application may proceed to a contested hearing in the Court. 

You will need to serve the other parties to the adoption with any application to discharge an adoption. This includes adoptive parents and birth parents. 

It is recommended that you seek independent legal advice in relation to discharging an adoption order.