- A legal concept where a child is recognized as adopted for the purpose of inheritance rights, insurance, or government benefits, even when formal adoption procedures haven't been followed. This usually occurs when there's an explicit or implicit agreement to adopt as well as a clear intention to do so
- The court ruled in favor of the child's equitable adoption, thus providing them with certain financial benefits, even though the statutory requirements for legal adoption were not met.
- The agreement demonstrated a clear intention for the couple to adopt, so the child was deemed as an equitable adoption, granting them inheritance rights.
- Despite the absence of formal adoption documents, the judge accepted the case of equitable adoption based on the substantial evidence of an implied agreement between the parents and the child.