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How do I go about adopting my spouse’s children?

Basic requirements

If you want to adopt your spouse’s child, you need to meet the following basic requirements:

  • You have to have been married for at least five years with the father or mother of the child you wish to adopt.
  • You must be at least 16 years older than the child.

The biological father / biological mother is generally required to give his/her consent to the adoption.

However, if the parent is unknown, has been absent for at least two years with no known address, is of impaired judgment or shows little or no interest in the child, this requirement may be waived.

Applying to adopt a spouse’s child

You need to contact your cantonal authority responsible for matters relating to adoption.