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Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: I was adopted 36yrs ago in a Miami-Dade Court. I want to get my records. How do I do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Nov 6, 2013

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
The best thing to do is go to a local attorney regarding this matter.

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Q: I was duped by my husbands daughter to adopt her as an adult - I found out it was to get back at her birth mother

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on May 28, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Probably not, but since she is an adult, you are not responsible for her. You might want to make sure that you have a will and that this person inherits nothing from you.

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Q: Im currently living in florida. There is a young lady who is giving me her baby to raise,she lives in georgia. What type

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Jul 15, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Either a formal guardianship, for which you will need an attorney, or an adoption, for which you will also need an attorney.

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Q: Is there any way to contest the adoption of your child in Florida if I don't file on time?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Jul 22, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You gave no facts, just a question. The facts are very important and asking questions without giving enough facts is like telling you to make meatloaf without the meat.

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Q: I'm 18 my soon to be husband is 21 I'm fresh out of high school is it possible to adopt

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Aug 24, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
I am not sure what you are asking. Adopt who?

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Q: My daughter has signed all necessary papers for us to adopt our granddaughter. .Can she just come and take her from us?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Aug 26, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Well, has the adoption been filed yet? She signed a consent, right? You need to get the adoption finalized as soon as possible. More facts are needed to advise you accordingly.

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Q: How much does an uncontested adoption in Florida cost, even when you already have legal custody of a child??

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Sep 29, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
It depends upon the attorney you hire as to how much the attorney's fee is. The filing fee is a bit over $300. A reasonable attorney's fee would be 750 to 1500 perhaps.

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Q: If I Am 20Years old and live in florida and I want to adopt a child in Missouri how would I go about it.Laws Differ

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Oct 24, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Contact an adoption attorney in that state, in the area where the child is located.

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Q: a 15yearold lives with her mom and wants to be adopted by a adult friend who us willing to adopt herwhat needs to b done

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on Nov 22, 2014

Answered on Nov 24, 2014

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Adoption in GA is a very complicated situation and may or may not be the proper remedy in this type of situation. The answer to your question depends upon many factors such as who has custody of the 15 year old, what type of situation is going on in the mother's home (is the mother an unfit parent or does the daughter just not like the rules, etc.) so you should consult with an attorney in GA who handles both adoptions and domestic issues to find out the best way to proceed in this situation.

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Q: how much does an uncontested step parent adoption cost? biological dad will go along with it

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Oct 2, 2014

Answered on Nov 11, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
It depends upon what the attorney will charge. Each is different.

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Q: Is there a statute of limitations on adult adoptions?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Oct 24, 2014

Answered on Nov 11, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
No, the step brother has no standing to contest a case which is 10 years old.

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Q: What is the amount of time you have to file a TPR appeal??? My sister in law was TPR'd Dec 2013, I'm trying to adopt

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Oct 30, 2014

Answered on Nov 11, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
A notice of appeal has to be file within 30 days. It is up to the appellate court to grant extensions. If the appellate court reverses the trial court, then any adoption as a result would have to be vacated.

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Q: How can I make this step parent adoption easier

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Oct 21, 2014

Answered on Oct 22, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
The thing to do is go see a local adoption lawyer and find out what needs to take place. The biological father should consent, but without his consent you would have to prove many things, basically. The easiest and least expensive way is to get that consent.

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Q: If I am sending the stepparent adoption form to Mexico, can it be signed @ a court, notary???

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for California on Sep 12, 2011

Answered on Aug 2, 2014

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Spencer Richard McMullen's answer
For a valid notarized signature on documents in Mexico you have 2 options, have the person sign in front of the notary at the US Embassy or consulate or sign in front of a Mexican Notary and then get an apostille after. Sometimes the Mexican notary may want the document translated into Spanish before he certifies the signature and at times the receiving party may want the apostille translated into English.

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Q: we have permanent custody of a child can we adopt her without getting biological parents permission

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on May 21, 2014

Answered on May 24, 2014

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Rachel Lea Hunter's answer
Yes and no. You have to first terminate the biological parents' parental rights. If they will not consent, then you have to bring involuntary termination proceedings under OCGA § 15-11-260 - § 15-11 - 323.

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Q: What would need to be done if I wanted to petition for guardianship of my two granddaughters.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on May 14, 2014

Answered on May 22, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Meet with a family court practitioner to review the situation and assist you in making the modifications you desire.

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Q: My husband wants to adopt my daughters from a previous marriage. if my ex agrees- can I file papers myself?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on May 20, 2014

Answered on May 22, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Yes, you are free to represent yourself. Sadly, it won't be very easy as you are likely not familiar with the policies and procedures of the courts. Engaging a professional attorney to assist you in navigating the courts ways will be far more efficient and effective. The fees for legal representation in consensual adoption matters can be very reasonable.

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Q: What is my first step?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on Feb 27, 2014

Answered on May 14, 2014

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Neville Bedford's answer
Call an attorney to set up a private meeting and retain them to assist you in the process of adopting the child after it is born.

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