Can we adopt if my husband has an 3rd degree assault associated with domestic violence from a previous marriage 15 years ago?

This is a difficult question to answer. The law in each state is different. However, most states will not allow adoptions in families where one or both parents have been involved in a domestic violence incident, particularly if there is a conviction. Some states will not allow an adoption even if there has only been an arrest, but no conviction.

In addition, most agencies have policies prohibiting placement with families if either parent has a domestic violence conviction, even if the conviction is from another relationship.