Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - Alabama

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Jurisdiction

Citation: Ala. Code § 26-10A-3

The probate court has original jurisdiction over adoption proceedings.

If any party fails to or is unable to consent, the proceeding shall be transferred to the juvenile division of the circuit court for the limited purpose of termination of parental rights.

Venue

Citation: Ala. Code § 26-10A-4

All petitions may be filed in the probate court in the county in which one of the following applies:

  • Where the minor or adult resides or has a legal residence
  • Where a petitioner resides or is in the military service
  • Where an office of any agency having guardianship is located