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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Puerto Rico on
Q: My sister passed away in Puerto Rico. I want to assume custody of my youngest nephew. His Dad has is not part of his lif

How can I get custody and how long does it take? My wife and I can take great care of him but we need to get back to FL in aprox 10 days.

Rafael Pagan
Rafael Pagan answered on Sep 22, 2021

Good afternoon. As a general rule, Puerto Rico courts procure that guardians of orphaned minors reside within the jurisdiction of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; unless no other alternative guardians are available to care for the minor. A custody case requires that close kin be present at the... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Immigration Law and Adoption for Utah on
Q: Is there a US citizen requirement for adopting a stepchild?

I am a non-US citizen. My partner is an American biological father. His daughter is 6. Can I adopt his daughter after marrying him?

Jason F. Barnes
Jason F. Barnes answered on Sep 21, 2021

Great question. We have some answers. Give us a call 801-546-3874 and ask to speak with Attorney Jason Barnes.

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Indiana on
Q: Hello I need to find what forms i need to file with the court so my husband can adopt my daughter.

bio dad is not around hasnt been in over three years. i have two other children with my current husband.i dont think bio dad will try to stop it but i cant get ahold of him to sign his rights over im in indiana

Kurt Kazmierczak
Kurt Kazmierczak answered on Sep 21, 2021

You can get sample forms from the clerk, or possibly even at your county's website. Without the biological dad around to consent, there are things that need to be addressed with the court in order for this to have a chance at working. This is a scenario that can get very complicated very... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Adoption and Child Custody on
Q: Can I adopt my biological daughter at her birth?

My girlfriend is pregnant with my child.. She plans to go back to her husband because she is still holding a conditional green card. She wants to put her husband's name on my child. I refuse to have my daughter carry the name of a wife beater.

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko answered on Sep 19, 2021

I am not a family law attorney licensed in Virginia.

However, even generally, a spouse giving birth to the child while married to her husband creates a legal assumption that the biological child born during that marriage is theirs.

Thus, can that female place the name of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: Does a reliquish of rights go I to affect the day it was signed. It was done in front of a notary public and witnesses

It is stamped, signed and dated and filed into court

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 15, 2021

It has to be filed with the Court and acted upon to take effect. If you have second thoughts you really should have counsel represent you!!

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my adoption parents give me to another family.

i get thretend and im not loved as much asi would like and i dont get treated right.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 15, 2021

Children (minors) cannot just be given away legally, more specifically the parental rights still remain with the parent. There are legal avenues that can be taken.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Okay I’m 17 and I’m wanting to date this 20 year old I’ve been talking to I want to know how I can get It legal

Okay he’s 20 And I’m in the dhs system but live with my grandma I want to know if there is anyway I can get consent from the person I’m staying with and a price of paper signed and legalized to state we are allowed to date and get rule and boundary so we don’t get into trouble we are not... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Sep 12, 2021

You would have to discuss this with your legal guardian.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: My parental rights were terminated and my parents adopted my kids. I live with my parents and my kids. My kids are

15,14,6,5 years old. If my parents pass before my youngest is 18 can I adopt them or can my parents make me guardian in their will?!?

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Sep 9, 2021

Your parents cannot will children to anyone. If they pass away, you can apply for adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Education Law for Michigan on
Q: can my aunt and uncle who is adopting my son in michigan let me see him without court consent if i had my rights relinq

if my rights were relinquished can my family who is adopting my son let me see him again without court consent

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 5, 2021

Depends on a lot of factors, and if the adoption is finalized.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my boyfriend adopt my child?

My child's dad hasn't seen him since Father's day and has talked to him 3 times since then over facetime. He was talking about moving so I brought up to my boyfriend about adopting my child. My child loves him like a dad and my boyfriend loves him like his own. We also are having a... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Aug 29, 2021

Short answer, no. In order for him to adopt then you would have to be married and file a step-parent adoption. Contact an adoption attorney to fully explain things.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I live in Louisiana, a friend wants me to adopt her 13 year old daughter. Do we have to have a lawyer?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 27, 2021

Adoption law is a specialized area of law and, unless you are familiar with it, a lot can go wrong. And if one thing isn't done right, the whole adoption can fall apart. Therefore, it's important that you have an attorney who knows how to handle adoptions. Good luck, and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: How do I find a lawyer to help my husband adopt my son?

I have no way of contacting the biological father.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Aug 26, 2021

Your local bar association or legal aid society.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Q: What would happen to my stepdaughter (6yo) in the event of her mother's death in Texas?

I have been married to my stepdaughter's mother for 5 years. My stepdaughter has lived with her mom, myself, and her younger half-sister (my bio-daughter) that entire time. Her bio dad lives 1300 miles away and sees her 2 times a year, however, he does facetime 3-4 times a week. My... Read more »

Sharita Blacknall
Sharita Blacknall answered on Aug 20, 2021

There is a presumption that biological parents have a superior right to their children over anyone else. You would have to file for custody and show the court why it is in the best interest of the child that the court ignore that presumption in favor of you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go about having my parents formally adopt me?

I live in Louisiana but my parents live in Alabama. I'm 22. I am an orphan; my mom died in 2011, my dad in 2016. My stepmom took care of me until I turned 18 and a few months thereafter; then, I moved in with the people I now call my parents. They are extended family, but I've asked them... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 18, 2021

If you were born in louisiana, the adoption can be done here and your birth certificate changed here.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: The judge took my rights from me n my ex husband giving up his rights and his wife wants to adopt my son n he's 16 year

His wife wants to adopt my son he's 16 year old n she's saying I can go to jail for abandonment n other charges if I don't sign the adoption papers

Denania Galloway
Denania Galloway answered on Aug 15, 2021

If the judge took your rights from you via a Termination of Parental Rights proceeding, there is no need for you to sign any adoption paperwork. You are no longer the parent when the judge takes your rights away.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I received a letter from the clerk of court saying I was denied on a consent of judgment not sure what it means….
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 15, 2021

Without seeing the Judgment and the letter, your question cant be answered.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can my husband adopt my 4 year old daughter without us having to contact/deal & legally involve biological dad?

my daughters biological dad is not on the birth certificate. he was not at the birth & wants nothing to do with my daughter. (i have messages & voice recordings to prove it). In her four years of life he has not once met her or tried to meet her. he has completely abonded her. my husband... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 12, 2021

The biological father still must be served.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: Will a divorce hinder adoption?

My wife and I have had a guardianship of a little boy for almost 6 years. We filed adoption almost 2 years ago, bio mom signed consent. Bio dad showed up to 1 of 3 mediations and 30% of visitations.

Divorce looks imminent for us, but we want to make sure our boy is safe with us.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Aug 10, 2021

Technically, if the adoption is not final before you divorce then it will become an issue, as the statute does not allow two single people to adopt the same child. It can be one person or one married couple. If you get divorced after the adoption is final then you will have custody questions just... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Antitrust and Appeals / Appellate Law for Texas on
Q: How do I file my evidence in appeallant federal court if my Attorney's not responding nor submitted ever
Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Aug 9, 2021

First, I am not a Texas attorney. That being said, generally there is no evidence presented at the appellate level. The case proceeds from a final judgment of the trial court and whatever evidence was presented there.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Arkansas on
Q: Can I adopt my granddaughter that I have full permanent court ordered custody of and what do I have to do?

I had temporary custody for a couple months and then was given permanent by a judge. I have had custody almost 5 years now.

Dustin A. Duke
Dustin A. Duke answered on Aug 7, 2021

It would depend on the facts of your case. Was the custody order out of a juvenile case? Were the parents awarded any visitation? Have they been visiting with your granddaughter? Have they been paying you child support? If the parents haven't had any relationship with your granddaughter... Read more »

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