2009 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 40 - Domestic Affairs.
Article 14 - Adult Adoptions
Section 40-14-6 - Consent to the adoption.

40-14-6. Consent to the adoption.

A.     Consent to the adoption shall be required of the adoptee or a person legally authorized to consent on behalf of the adoptee if the adoptee is incapacitated and unable to consent to the adoption.   

B.     A consent shall be in writing, signed by the adoptee and shall state the following:   

(1)     the date, place and time of execution;   

(2)     the date and place of birth of the adoptee and any names by which the adoptee has been known;   

(3)     the name of the petitioner;   

(4)     that the adoptee has been advised of the legal consequences of the adoption by independent legal counsel or a judge;   

(5)     that consent to an adoption cannot be withdrawn;   

(6)     that the adoptee is voluntarily and unequivocally consenting to the adoption; and   

(7)     that the adoptee has received or been offered a copy of the consent.   

C.     In cases when the consent is in English and English is not the first language of the consenting person, the person taking the consent shall certify in writing that the document has been read and explained to the person whose consent is being taken in that person's first language, by whom the document was read and explained and that the meaning and implications of the document are fully understood by the person giving the consent.   

D.     A consent to adoption shall be signed before and approved by a judge who has jurisdiction over adoption proceedings, within or without this state, and who is in the jurisdiction in which the adoptee or the petitioner resides.   

E.     The consent shall be filed with the court in which the petition for adoption has been filed before adjudication of the petition.   

F.     In its discretion, the court may order counseling.   

G.     A consent to adoption shall not be withdrawn prior to the entry of a decree of adoption unless the court finds, after notice and an opportunity to be heard is given to the petitioner and the adoptee, that the consent was obtained by fraud.  In no event shall a consent or relinquishment be withdrawn after the entry of a decree of adoption.   

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