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(a)each member of a relevant couple is aged 21 or over,
(b)neither member of the couple is a parent of the child to be adopted, and
(c)one of the conditions in subsection (2) is met,
an adoption order may be made on the application of the couple.
(2)Those conditions are—
(a)that a member of the couple is domiciled in a part of the British Islands,
(b)that each member of the couple has been habitually resident in a part of the British Islands for a period of at least one year ending with the date of the application.
(3)A couple is “relevant” for the purposes of this section if its members are—
(a)persons who are married to each other,
(b)persons who are civil partners of each other,
(c)persons who are living together as if husband and wife in an enduring family relationship, or
(d)persons who are living together as if civil partners in an enduring family relationship.
(4)In this section “parent”, in relation to the child to be adopted, means a parent who has any parental responsibilities or parental rights in relation to the child.
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