ADOPTION OF CHILDREN
16-1502. Restrictions as to comparative age. The person adopting a child must be at least fifteen (15) years older than the person adopted, or twenty-five (25) years of age or older, except such age restrictions or requirements shall not apply in cases where the adopting parent is a spouse of a natural parent, and except that such age restrictions or requirements shall not apply when the person adopting an adult shows to the satisfaction of the court that a substantial relationship as a parent has been maintained for a period in excess of one (1) year.
[(16-1502) 1879, p. 8, sec. 2; R.S., sec. 2540; reen. R.C. & C.L., sec. 2701; I.C.A., sec. 31-1102; am. 1961, ch. 14, sec. 1, p. 15; am. 1969, ch. 247, sec. 1, p. 773; am. 1972, ch. 147, sec. 2, p. 318; am. 1991, ch. 39, sec. 2, p. 78.]