Adoption Dissolution Law and Legal Definition

Adoption Dissolution is the interruption or "failure" of an adoption after finalization. It is usually initiated by the parents via a court petition, much like a divorce, to which it is analogous.

Despite the intense and careful screening that most who wish to adopt children must go through, sometimes the adoption does not succeed. The child may have developmental or psychological issues that the parents cannot handle, had not been informed of prior to the adoption, or both or the parents may have had unrealistic expectations of the child, and they just may not get along.