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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Adoption: Other Eligible Party vs. Biological Eligible party

My cousin and I are related biologically, but adopted into different families. She has given up rights to her child and I have filed for adoption. I have finished my home studies and i have court next week but now CPS is telling me that the paperwork will need to be changed to "Other eligible... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jun 21, 2022

If they are still letting you adopt don't worry about what they refer to you

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Indiana on
Q: Does having a closed dcfs case automatically disqualify someone from adoption?

My husband has a daughter, her biological mother has not seen or talked to her in a year and a half. I would like to adopt her through stepparent adoption. We know we would have to argue for her rights to be involuntarily terminated for abandonment. My issue is, I have a DCFS case because prior to... Read more »

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on Jun 20, 2022

Based on the facts you provide in your question, it is likely you won't have much trouble with an adoption. However, because you have that CPS record, it would be helpful to hire a family law attorney to guide you through the process and iron out any wrinkles with the court regarding your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: NC allows for dissolution of adoptions. I have been trying to figure out for 20 years how to be reunited with family

I have changed my name but I want my original birth record and baptismal cert with my family name. The adoption did not work out. Now everyone is dead mom step and dad. For emotional and mental reasons to die knowing I have been reunited with my family with my true Id returned to me. Can someone... Read more »

Charles M.  Baron
Charles M. Baron
answered on Jun 16, 2022

If you are looking for advice on how to find your biological parents or their relatives, this is the wrong forum for that - it's not a legal issue. Look for organizations that help people with that issue. If you locate your biological parents and wish to be adopted by them, and they are... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Alabama on
Q: Where to file adoption paperwork

I relocated w children. I had court & other parents permission. It’s now been 3 years and my husband wants to adopt the children we would file in the state where we currently live correct since the child visitation case in Florida has been closed since we moved…

Mr. James Parrish Coleman
Mr. James Parrish Coleman
answered on Jun 9, 2022

YOu file the step parent adoption with the probate court in the county in which you live.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: Is there any way I can adopt the kids without becoming a foster parent?

I received PMC (Permanent Managing Conservatorship) without PCA (Permanency Care Assistance). The boys were placed with me through CPS because of the negligence on their mother. The mother is in prison and the father has no contact with the kids. Both were order from the judge to pay alimony.... Read more »

Scott D Reiner
Scott D Reiner
answered on Jun 8, 2022

While some connection to the children is necessary to bring suit related to them, it seems that they have been in your care for a sufficient amount of time. Adoption requires the termination of the parental rights, so you would need to file a termination and adoption suit and serve each parent.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Texas on
Q: can I give my unborn child my new husbands last name if he isn’t the father? He knows he isn’t the father.
Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jun 7, 2022

You can try to but when the real bio dad shows up and takes you to court the judge will change his name to bio dad,

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: Where do I get the forms to file for adoption for a stepparent?

The person that is listed on the birth certificate has not been in her life for 6 years, no contact, no child support nothing. How do I go ahead and file this?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Jun 7, 2022

Adoptions are usually complicated. You will need to hire a competent attorney and have all the contact information for all interested parties. Your case probably involves termination of parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my nephew 13 ask to live with me

So my nephew 13 - his dad will not get a job like is not trying lost their home and is bouncing between a drug addict friend and a house with no power or water

My nephew does not want to stay there - so his dad sent him to live with an aunt that he is really uncomfortable with to the point... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean
answered on Jun 2, 2022

I'm at a loss as to why DHS can't find abuse. Go ahead and take him in, and see an experienced family law attorney to file for legal guardianship. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Indiana on
Q: My issue today is I just received legal papers requesting my permission for my daughter's father & wife to adopt my gra

I currently live in Texas and have been helping my daughter with her (currently 4yo) son since he was born, even though she lived in Oklahoma. I even kept her son in Texas for 6 months while she got on her feet. After the 6 months, she took her son to Indiana where she had her father & other... Read more »

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on May 22, 2022

Your situation is complex and requires the dedicated attention of an experienced attorney.

You can be assured, however, that adoption is serious process with constitutional implications. Your daughter will have to be notified of any adoption proceedings and will have to be provided an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Grandmother has full custody of 8 week old baby. Both parents in prison. Grandmother wants to sign baby over to someone.

Grandmother is already taking care of 5 children & can’t take care of an infant. She wants to find a good family to give full custody to. Can she do this without parents signing anything also? G’mother is in Louisiana and new family would possibly be in MS

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on May 21, 2022

Because the child is a resident of Louisiana, Louisiana statues would govern; therefore, you should contact an attorney licensed in that state.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Is it hard and expensive to change a baby’s full name after 9 months?

We are working on getting guardianship/ full custody of my nephew and would like to change his name but not sure how long it takes or how much it is.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 16, 2022

You can't change his name unless you adopt and terminate the parents' rights.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go by obtaining legal guardianship of my 8 month old nephew who has been living with me since he was 2 weeks?

My nephews mom wanted an abortion but was unable to get one because she had just gotten one so she asked my husband and I to take the baby. We did and now we would like to get guardianship of the baby because mom is now refusing to babysit the child or help. She receives benefits and childcare for... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 10, 2022

You need to contact a lawyer in your area to discuss your options and get the ball rolling. You should not do this yourself. In speaking to the attorney(s) you consult, you ask what are your options as well as what is your understanding as to the position each parent takes as to custody and/or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: How can I go about getting guardianship or custody of my friend baby she is from Nj I am in Ohio
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 9, 2022

Is there a father in the picture? If so, he will have priority over you if he is willing and able. If mom and baby are in New Jersey, than you all will need to deal with this there.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Mother has sole legal and residential custody. Child is autistic. Father does not take to any appointments, doesn’t

Help when he’s on school break, won’t communicate because “the new girlfriend doesn’t like it”, won’t check on the child’s well being, and the child comes home very hungry and once with a deep scratch on the pelvic area. the mothers boyfriend/father to mothers other child takes off... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on May 9, 2022

This is a trick question. Your ex pays 90.00 per week in child support voluntarily but has little to no involvement in your child's life. Your current boyfriend is caring and involved in your child's life and wants to continue to be involved. Your ex is not stopping your boyfriend from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My little brother is currently in my elderly, disabled Grandmas custody. She wants me to take him. Will it be difficult?

My birth mother passed away last year leaving behind my little brother. He was left in the care of our grandmother who is old and sick. She called me up and asked if my husband and I would be willing to take him. I’m happy to take him but there is a problem that might affect the court allowing... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 3, 2022

Will it be difficult? It may not be, however more information is needed on this, including the involvement of your little brother's father who usually would have a say in custody decisions. That said, I highly recommend that you (and your grandmother) seek a consultation with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: My boyfriend has full custody of his son. His mother got her parenting time taken an is not allowed to be anywhere near

The child. An no child support. We are wanting for me to adopt him. Is it possible. She goes months without calling my boyfriend to see if the child is still alive.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 2, 2022

Until you are married, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Mygirl has had her nonbiological son since 3months old he's over 3yrs now the biological mom came with cops and took
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 2, 2022

She needs to hire a custody or adoption lawyer AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: If X owes arrears, current order terminated, how does one collect payments when there is no set monthly pymt agreement.

There is no monthly court ordered amount due. Court order only shows full total of arrears due. Can one pay bare minimum of $10 since it's not a court ordered monthly amount to pay and he's still paying? Current order was terminated due to child being adopted.

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Apr 29, 2022

The entire amount of arears is now due and owing. You can get a judgment and garnish wages/bank accounts. There is a limit on the wage garnishment percentage depending on whether the ex is supporting another family and how old the arrears are, but you can get around 50%+ of take home income. you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: If i have kinship care of a child for a longer period of time and then family steps forward requesting to adopt her.

Will i have any say or pull to adopt her? Can the guardian say she's bonded to us?

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Apr 26, 2022

A kinship caregiver can file for legal custody or adoption of a child. The difference is that parents can still have residual rights when a third party has legal custody but in the course of an adoption the parental rights are permanently terminated. The court will not necessarily grant a kinship... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Criminal Law and Family Law for California on
Q: I was convicted on a criminal charge and taken to family court and my kids was taken under that same charge the next da

Next day and then had my kids removed under that same charge is t that double jeporady cause the criminal case dropped to a misdemeanor? Right

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 24, 2022

DOUBLE JEOPARDY REFERS TO BEING TRIED/PROSECUTED ON THE SAME CHARGES/FACTS AGAIN.

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD ISSUES WITH THE CRIMINAL COURT AND NOW FAMILY LAW COURT.

NOT BEING A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY, I CAN'T ADDRESS ALL YOUR ISSUES.

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