After you file and serve an application for an adoption order, you will need to submit additional documents to the court.
This table summarises the steps you need to take:
|1. Submit the Ministry of Social and Family Development's (MSF) written consent and the child's original birth certificate|
At least 7 days before the next scheduled hearing.
|2. Submit the Guardian In Adoption's (GIA) affidavit to the court and request for a further hearing|
Within 2 weeks after you receive the GIA's affidavit.
You must submit the following documents at least 7 days before the scheduled hearing:
How to submit
The MSF's written consent to be the Guardian in Adoption (GIA)
The estimated filing fee is $10, excluding additional fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.
Child's original birth certificate
At the next scheduled hearing, the court will officially appoint the MSF as the GIA.
The GIA will investigate your application and prepare an affidavit, which is an assessment based on the investigation findings. You will receive the affidavit from the GIA.
Within 2 weeks of receiving the affidavit, file all of the following documents via eLitigation:
The estimated filing fees include:
Item or service
File the affidavit
File the Request for Further Hearing of Originating Summons
Note: This table does not include additional fees payable to the LawNet & CrimsonLogic Service Bureau.
The court will schedule a hearing date within 3 weeks after you file your request. Find out what happens at the hearing.
Legislation associated with this topic includes: