Ben Lerer expressed a desire to adopt a child tonight – under the stipulation that his child is older. Much older. As in older than himself. “I’m going to adopt kids who are significantly older than me,” says Lerer, “I don’t know what the laws are around this, but I’m going to make an attempt to get myself an older kid.” He’s hoping for someone that can do the dishes and walk the dog, maybe clean up around the house in return for his affections, or even maybe buy the first round of beers. Ben asked the audience at Bennett Studio, if he could actually adopt an adult as his child. We looked into it and, yes Ben, you can.
Earlier this year, a 48-year-old Florida millionaire adopted his girlfriend – she herself was 42 years old. The move was in order to avoid paying a hefty settlement in court by offsetting his estate to his girlfriend, making her his beneficiary. Yes – this opened up some questions about incest and just pain weirdness.
That said, there are several reason that Ben Lerer should adopt an older child, apart from just always having someone to grab a beer. This potential adoptee could great business advice, or tell stories about what it was like back in the 80s. It’s a great option for his man-child to inherit his estate, and keeps any sticky-fingered relatives away from contesting his older-child-slash-drinking-friend’s right to the estate.
It’s actually happening so often in the US at the moment that courts are now trying to figure out how to deal with the issues of adopting a reverse-child, as there are several (obvious and weird) issues surrounding the adoptions.
By the way, should Lerer choose to go this route, the author of this post will offer himself up for a trial run.