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The DC Code: § 16-302 Persons who may adopt.

Index16 Particular Actions, Proceedings and Matters. (Refs & Annos)

Any person may petition the court for a decree of adoption. A petition may not be considered by the court unless petitioner's spouse, if he has one, joins in the petition, except that if either the husband or wife is a natural parent of the prospective adoptee, the natural parent need not join in the petition with the adopting parent, but need only give his or her consent to the adoption. If the marital status of the petitioner changes after the time of filing the petition and before the time the decree of adoption is final, the petition must be amended accordingly.

Historical and Statutory

Prior Codifications 1981 Ed., § 16-302. 1973 Ed., § 16-302. DC CODE § 16-302 Current through December 11, 2012


(Dec. 23, 1963, 77 Stat. 537, Pub. L. 88-241, § 1.)