Northern Territory Consolidated Acts

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Adoption by couple

    (1)     Except as provided by this section, the Court shall only make an order for the adoption of a child in favour of a couple where the man and woman:

        (a)     are married to each other and have been so married for not less than 2 years; or

        (b)     have entered into a relationship that is recognised as a traditional Aboriginal marriage and has been so recognised for not less than 2 years,

on the date on which the order is made.

    (2)     The Court shall not make an order for adoption in favour of a man and woman jointly under subsection (1) where one of them is a parent of the child.

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