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1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Adoption and Probate for Texas on
Q: I was adopted after my mother married my dad 1964. They had a natural to both daughter 10 yrs later. My father passed a

My mother and her mother is not dividing things up evenly she’s partial to her youngest. I was promised things by my dad but my sister has ended up getting 3/4 of things what can I do

Terry Lynn Garrett
Terry Lynn Garrett answered on Jun 22, 2021

The answer turns on what the Will said. Adopted and born children are both the couple's children under the laws of heirship, which would apply if there was no Will.

From your description, it is not clear that either estate was probated. You may be writing about small items of greater...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Contracts and Civil Rights for Georgia on
Q: What can we do about our Post Adoption Contact Agreement?

I’m a birth father that placed my daughter for adoption along with the birth mother. We signed a Post Adoption Contact Agreement thinking it would keep us in touch with our daughter through the adoptive parents. I recently learned that they never signed an agreement and therefore don’t have to... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Jun 22, 2021

Did you work with an attorney? You should give your attorney a call to get to the bottom of this and why if this is what you wanted how it was overlooked. If you don’t want to work with the same attorney you can consult with another attorney who can review the facts of the case to determine if... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I adopt him? Procedure and cost. Do I need lawyer?
Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 21, 2021

You will need to provide some additional information to get a useful answer such as:

Are you wanting to adopt a child or an adult? (It makes a big difference)

Is everyone in Oklahoma?

Easiest way to get an answer is to call an attorney to discuss the details. The attorney...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: He's 26, I'm 54. He doesn't want his real birth parents on his new.paperwork

I love in Oklahoma and he's currently at an air force base in ND WITH hisband and their 3 kids

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 21, 2021

Can you please clarify your question. Not really sure what exactly you are asking.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a friend who was disowned by his parents for being trans. We talked about adopting him and are wondering cost?

Would like to know.process and cost

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jun 21, 2021

Please contact my office for a free consultation. There are many factors that come into play in an adoption and in order to get an accurate assessment then there are more questions to be asked than can be done in this forum.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Military Law for North Carolina on
Q: Can I? And how fast can I adopt my younger brother?

I am in the military, and I want to adop my 15 year old brother. He lives with my stepfather and my mother lives in mexIco. I’m stationed in NC and my brother lives in California. How can I adopt him so I could bring him to live with me.

Elizabeth Fowler Lunn
Elizabeth Fowler Lunn answered on Jun 19, 2021

The adoption process is a state law issue and if he currently lives in California then you will need to speak with a family law attorney there. Adoption may not even be necessary, depending on the purpose of the adoption. You may able to just have a custody order. You should also research what... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Q: My oldest son will be 16 and his biological dad was never involved since birth my fiancé wants to adopt can we do it

Since biological dad basically abandoned him can my fiancé adopt without biological dads consent

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 17, 2021

I think someone --or you--asked this earlier. Short answer is that you would need to petition the court to extinguish that parent's rights. You could possibly fold the adoption and the removal of parental rights and responsibilities at the same time. You need to consult a family law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I have had FULL LEGAL PHYSICAL custody of my daughter since 2007; biologically she isn't mine. I want to formally adopt

She is 20 yrs. What steps do I need to take?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 17, 2021

She's an adult, so if she is on board, hire an adoption attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Utah on
Q: Paternity Mess

I have a rather unusual problem. I live in Utah and am the disconnected part of a polyamorous triad wherein the other two partners happened to get married before they explored polyamory. They happily have a child together and we all have been happy for about five years. Now I am having a child with... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Jun 14, 2021

You are correct that you should list yourself as the father on the birth certificate. You need to voluntarily relinquish your parental rights and allow the husband to adopt the child. You need to understand that this will forever extinguish any legal rights you would have with the child (although... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: I have my puppy for 7 months & I sell him for $100 now regret it & want him back but the owner won’t give him back.
Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jun 14, 2021

When you legally sell something, you give up your rights to it in exchange for some form of consideration. In this case, money. Regret is not a valid reason to void the transaction.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Pennsylvania on
Q: If my mother lost rights to a child & she got adopted is there anyway I can fight for her because I am her sister

I am now older & stable to take her of her

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 11, 2021

If you mean the childrens older sister I don't see that. It's termination of parental rights, no sibling rights. You need to speak with a family law attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, Civil Litigation and Civil Rights for Colorado on
Q: If I bought a dog from somebody and they weren't up to date on the shots and I wanted to return the dog and get a refund

And is it illegal to sell a dog without up-to-date shots to somebody

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jun 9, 2021

Depending on where the dog came from, it is very likely a PACFA violation. Age could also be a problem (a dog sold too young (i.e., less than 8 weeks old) to receive certain shots is a violation - although dogs do not have all their shots at 8 weeks due to boosters being necessary over a period of... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Q: I lost custody of my 16-year-old grandson when he was about eight years old. He was adopted by his grandfather's sister

She treats him like a slave. He doesn't want to live there anymore but she legally adopted him. Can he leave and come stay with me. Can I be charged for harbor ing a runaway? I am no longer his adopted mother but I am his maternal grandmother although my parental rights were terminated in... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon answered on Jun 7, 2021

You could be charged with a misdemeanor if you help him remain "missing" from his legal guardian. (272 P.C.) However, he could apply to the court for a declaration of Emancipation and be able to make his own decisions about where to live. He should have a work permit, and legal... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Q: sons father is not listed on his birth certificate.married and my husband wants to adopt him. don't know who the dad is

My son's father is not listed on his birth certificate and my husband wants to adopt my son. I don't know who the father of my son actually is. What do i do to get him to adopt my son?

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jun 4, 2021

You will need to hire an attorney, but it seems that what you would do is file a petition to extinguish the father's rights. The court will order that there be a publication in the legal notices, etc.

While it might be possible to get a court to treat your husband as a step parent,...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Arkansas on
Q: So my children’s father has two other kids that have been adopted out in the state of Arkansas. We have two ourselves.

I was informed that if we were to get married that the kids could legally become mines if we go through the adoption process . Can you tell me how that works

Joshua W. Bugeja Esq.
Joshua W. Bugeja Esq. answered on Jun 2, 2021

Your question is unclear. Arkansas has the Revised Uniform Adoption Act and you should start by looking there. Arkansas Code Annotated § 9-9-215 fully explains the "effect of decree of adoption."

Specifically, A.C.A. § 9-9-215(a)(1) states in part that, "Except with...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: \ if a child is in an immigration process. and both parents abuse him. would he get deported, or get a citizenship?

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Rajeh A. Saadeh
Rajeh A. Saadeh answered on Jun 2, 2021

This is a question for an immigration lawyer. Please contact an immigration lawyer for assistance.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Bio dad out of picture since aug of 2019 husband wants to adopt

My daughter is about to be 3 and has not seen real father since she was 1, real dad did not sign birth cert and has a history of violence, beat his dad up, and abused me and ex wife also has a long history of drug abuse having an overdose in 2019 where he was on life support for 3 days. He... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 26, 2021

Yes, hire an adoption attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Q: I was born in PR and Adopted in NY. Where can i obtain my original birth cert w/ my birth parents on it?

I am taking a trip to Puerto Rico. Is there an office in San Juan that i can obtain my original birth cert w/ my birth parents name on it?

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on May 21, 2021

The Government of Puerto Rico has partnered with document provider VitalChek to provide an expedited method for ordering new birth certificates. To apply through this method please visit: www.vitalchek.com. Vital Check also offers a bilingual call center available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: Under abandonment and neglect laws what to do?

Friend drops off dog in January or February of this year. Since then the dogs anxiety of missing owner kicked in forcing us to purchase 2 dog cones by now to prevent excessive licking of paws. Both broke. We've contacted owner saying either to pick up the dog or schedule a vet appointment so... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on May 21, 2021

Take the dog to the vet and send the owner the bill.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for New Jersey on
Q: \ if a child is in an immigration process. and both parents abuse him. would he get deported, or get a citizenship?

If A child gets abused by both his parents, and he informs the police, would they deport him and his parents. or would he be given to a foster family/orphanage. would they get citizenship? or get deported?

Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers
Nadine C. Atkinson-Flowers answered on May 21, 2021

There are several places that can help the child. The child's status has to be explained to the police and there are family crisis agencies that can help. The courts sometimes have to become involved. Deportation depends on many things. Getting citizenship also depends on many things. Check... Read more »

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