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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Wisconsin on
Q: Pregnant help

My 16 old

Son at this time and his 17 yr old gf pregnant when baby born she will be 18 he will be 17 lives in two differ

States him wisconsin her Minnesota if she places the baby for adoption does he have right to keep him or are his rights nothing

Jane E. Probst
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Jane E. Probst
answered on Dec 4, 2022

This would be subject to the law of Minnesota if the child reisdes in that state once born. To place the child for adoption, the Court would need to terminate the parental rights of both parents. The biological father should file a paternity action once the child is born and request that he have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Texas on
Q: Would I need to find a way to contact my daughters bio dad for my husband to adopt her? She has my maiden last name.

Bio dad dropped off the face of the earth when I told him I was pregnant, it’s been over 4 years since my daughter was born. She has my last name. I am now married, my husband wants to adopt her- but I am afraid of the courts telling me I need to contact her bio dad for permission to change her... Read more »

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Dec 2, 2022

If your daughter's biological father is alive, you will first need to terminate his parent-child relationship before proceeding with a step-parent adoption. The attorney handling your husband's adoption of your daughter can do both in the same legal proceeding.

The termination...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: I was seeking custody of granddaughter, paternal grandparents adopted her and my lawyer was not informed of this. In PA

Shouldn't my lawyer have been told about the adoption process and adoption?

Peter Christopher Lomtevas
Peter Christopher Lomtevas
answered on Nov 28, 2022

This is one of those questions that require too much decoding to properly answer. We do not know any of the procedural history of either the paternal grandparents or the maternal grandparents to opine on what one's lawyer should have known or not.

Ideally, the lawyer should have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: My sibling is 18 and pregnant, she has asked me to adopt the baby, what are the next steps.

We have talked and she knows that she’s not in the right place in life to raise a child and she’s asked me to adopt, just trying to figure out how to go about it.

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 23, 2022

Adoption is done in probate court in your county. Check the court's web site for the adoption process, and use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles adoptions.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Q: My daughter was born in Illinois but my husband adopted her now that we live in Florida. She is an adult.

The adoption is final. Our lawyer is no longer practicing. How do we get amended birth certificate? Thank you

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber
answered on Nov 22, 2022

The first question is did you amend the birth certificate at the time of adoption. If yes, just request a new copy. If no, you will need to go to court in the state that issued the birth certificate. Speak with a local family lawyer in that jurisdiction (location) for more specific advice on what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I have had permanent custody of my niece for 3 years from Virginia cps and we live in ky. What do I do to adopt her

She was put in foster care in Virginia and I received full permanent custody. She is 15 now. Both parents are in jail. Can I file for adoption without an attorney

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 21, 2022

You can file for adoption without an attorney but I would not recommend it bc adoptions are hyper technical. Hire a lawyer, file a petition for adoption and you will likely be permitted to adopt the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Can my cousin sign her baby over to me after birth?

My cousin does not want another baby and I cannot have kids. She and the babies father has both agreed that they want to sign the baby over to me because they cannot afford or want another baby. How do they sign the baby over to me legally at birth?

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap
answered on Nov 21, 2022

Use the Find a Lawyer tab or contact the local bar association to find an attorney who handles adoptions, which are processed in the local probate court.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: How do you file a contempt order in Kentucky family court pro se?

other parent is not following orders given by the court. Any other motions I should file? Please provide the court form number if possible, want to make sure all the paperwork is correct.

Taniesa Velez
Taniesa Velez
answered on Nov 19, 2022

File a motion for contempt and cite the order the parent is violating. You can find any available self help forms online on the Kentucky website. You can also visit the Jefferson county family court clerks office and request the same.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: I have custody of my 14 year old niece. How would I go about adopting her?

I’ve had my niece for about 4 years. Her father is incarcerated and her mother walked away from her. She was abused in different ways. I’d love to make her officially my daughter. Just don’t know how to do it.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 17, 2022

You would need to file a petition for adoption in the county in which you reside.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: What is the first step in reversal or returning adoptive child back to foster care?

Fraud on part of CPS (withholding information about child)

Child is out of control.

Pro bono legal help.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 14, 2022

File a motion to set aside the adoption and return the child to foster care.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: My Daughter is using her Biological father last name(Were not married)..What to do my husband wants to adopt her?

She is using her biological father last name and His name was written on her Birth.I am not married with his father and He is in other country.How can I terminate his parental right when He never give child support.

I am married for 4years and My Husband want to adopt my daughter,Do we... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
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Megan Hunt Dell
answered on Nov 11, 2022

First, you should understand that allowing your husband to adopt your daughter and changing her names are separate requests for relief.

Adoptions require very strict compliance with notice and service requirements to be valid. To determine whether you will need to give notice to your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: If the grandparents adopt said children would we be able to file for our parental rights to be reinstated if both

Parents and grandparents agree

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Nov 7, 2022

Once the parental rights are terminated and the original adoption is approved you would have to file for adoption of the child(ren) and prove that it is in the best interest of the child(ren)

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Support and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a father is paying child support and a step dad wants to adopt well child support be terminated
Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean
answered on Nov 4, 2022

The bio dad must appear before adoption judge and consent to the adoption. His child support will terminate when the adoption is granted.

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: My kids were placed with muhl. Co Dcbs (3 youngest ages 5,17mo&4mo in Fostercare& 2 oldest 13&16 in kinship)

If my husband&me want 2sign our rights over to my sister or his mother(they gain custody of all kids) will the case against is&kids be DROPPED/dismissed& my kids go home with them? They agreed to let us see the kids anytime& continue life as we did b4 Dcbs stepped in. So can we do... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Nov 2, 2022

Highly unlikely that the court will remit what you propose. It is always much more difficult to get CPS out of your life than to get them into it.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Q: My mom adopted my child because I was in prison. My child has lived with me for 2 years. How can I overturn the adoption

My mom says she doesn’t want my daughter and verbally and emotionally abused her. I’d like to overturn the adoption and get my rights back

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on Nov 1, 2022

The first question is whether your mother formally adopted your daughter or whether she simply took guardianship of her as a result of your incarceration. But, if your mother no longer wants control over your daughter and you are able to handle the responsibilities, then ask your mother to sign... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: We are wanting to get guardianship of a 15 year old girl. Her parents will sign the paper. How do we go about this?
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Oct 26, 2022

A lawyer will draft a petition for the guardianship, which will need to be signed by you and your husband. Additionally, the child’s parents will either sign the Petition or a waiver. An Agreed Judgnent allowing the guardianship will be signed and then presented to the Judge for his/her... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: I'm seeking answers on how to get custody of my grandchild.

My grandchild is 5 years old an I've been his care giver his whole life, his parents are not suitable to take care of him an I'd like to take full custody since he lives with me majority of the time.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 26, 2022

You should look into guardianship.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: If a referee says…. gonna check in2 CPS & criminal investigations do they contact previous ppl associated w/case history

Do they contact family or fosters… previous witnesses if a story doesn’t match?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 18, 2022

More likely, referee will simply review the CPS and criminal investigation reports, and may contact those agencies for a status update. Judges and referees are not police or investigators so they are not going to be contacting witnesses directly.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: Can I write up my own Adult Adoption petition or does an attorney need to do it?

What I found was that the petition needs to include:

name of the adopted adult

name of the adoptees

address of both parties

relevant information (i.e., social security numbers, years of age, etc.)

the adult’s written consent to be adopted

So would... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
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Regina Irene Edwards
answered on Oct 17, 2022

As with any court document, getting an attorney is best. A consent adult adoption would be relatively inexpensive and you can ensure it would be done correctly.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Florida on
Q: I would like to adopt my first cousin’s daughter (my second cousin) who I have guardianship of. Is this possible?

I’m interested in kinship adoption if that is an option.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Oct 17, 2022

A child of your first cousin (grandchild of your grandparents other than you or your siblings) would be your first cousin once removed (Your second cousins would be descendants of your great-grandparents.), but yes, it's possible to adopt her.

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