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Adoption Q&A: Adopting After a Second Marriage

Posted by Lifetime Adoption on June 18, 2014

Question: 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!

Topics: Adoption Questions, Adopting a child