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Bubba Watson Adoption: Good Backstory to The Masters

The 2012 The Master’s golf champion is Bubba Watson. And while most analysts and sports writers and even casual fans will be focusing on his pink driver, or the fact that his wife is 6’4, or that he has never taken a lesson in his whole life, there are some aspects of his life that will be of interest to those in family law.

Specifically, Bubba Watson and his wife have, until recently, been going through the adoption process and now have a child named Caleb, reports Yahoo!.

No doubt, Bubba Watson's adoption will be of inspiration to hardcore golf fans as well as the casual Sportscenter viewer. And since The Masters were held in Georgia, it may be that some Georgians that take greater interest in adoption, too. This means they should get to know a bit about the Georgia adoption laws.

Under Georgia Code Section 19-8-3, any adult person may petition to adopt a child, as long as the petitioner is at least 25 years of age, or is living with his or her spouse. Further, the petitioner must be at least ten years older than the child. The prospective adoptive parent also has to be a resident of Georgia for at least six months before the petition.

Equally importantly, prospective parent must be "financially, physically, and mentally able to have permanent custody of the child." One important consideration in the law is that if the person seeking to adopt a child in Georgia is married, the petition must be filed in name of both spouses.

So if you are inspired by the Bubba Watson adoption and are trying to confirm whether you fulfill the eligibility to adopt under Georgia's adoption laws, please consult with a family law attorney.

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