Adoptive parents

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Adoptive parents

If you adopt a child, you take on all the legal rights and responsibilities to the child. This includes the responsibility to support the chlld financially.

If adoptive parents separate, the law treats them like any other parent. This includes getting or paying child support. It does not matter if the parents were married or in a common-law relationship.

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Reviewed: March 1, 2018

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