Adoption

Overview

There are essentially two types of orphans. He or she who's parents have died and he or she who has no remaining family.

Orphan Family Member

When a child loses his or her parents the contract of blood demands that he or she be tended by those who share the bloodbond. A child orphaned in such a way will be raised by his aunts/uncles/grandparents or siblings depending upon who the family head considers to be most suitable. Having no surviving parents carries no stigma of it's own.

Family-Less Orphan

A child who has lost his entire family is in a dire situation indeed. This includes any child considered a bastard even if his/her father is known and alive. In this case nobody is required to see to that child's upbringing or safety. Many of these children will thus end up as debtors, or criminals. Children who end up as debtors or criminals in this way will receive no favoritism from the courts.

Adoption

When a family-less child is lucky and another family wishes to accept him or her into their household all that needs to happen is that the family submit a legal document declaring their intention to the central courts. As long as this exists and no argument is raised against their request then the child will be considered their own.

If an argument is raised before the child's twelfth birthday and no satisfactory decision can be reached between both claiming parties then an arbitrator may be called in to decide the fate of the child.

After the child's twelfth birthday the matter is fixed unless a member of the child's original family is found and wishes for the child's return. Should this happen then the child would normally be returned to their birth family (a judge may decide otherwise depending on the circumstances).

At the age of sixteen the child will undertake the ceremony of blood as part of his/her coming of age ceremony and will thereafter be considered an irrefutable of his/her new family.

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