Court Jurisdiction and Venue for Adoption Petitions - North Dakota

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Jurisdiction

Citation: Cent. Code § 14-15-01

The district court has jurisdiction over adoption proceedings.

Venue

Citation: Cent. Code § 14-15-04(1)-(2)

Proceedings for adoption must be brought in the court for the place in which, at the time of filing or granting the petition, the petitioner or the individual to be adopted resides or is in military service or in which the agency having the care, custody, or control of the minor is located.

If the court finds, in the interest of substantial justice, that the matter should be heard in another forum, the court may transfer, stay, or dismiss the proceeding in whole or in part on any conditions that are just.