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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: My 15 year old friend is being abused, the abuse isn’t enough for cps to do anything, can he move in with me (18 y/o)

I currently live with my grandpa but I will have my own apartment soon, he is applying to jobs right now and by the time he turns 16 and is able to file for emancipation he would be able to live with me paying rent and helping with groceries. My main question is if he could move in with me at 15 or... Read more »

Penny Wymyczak-White
Penny Wymyczak-White answered on Mar 30, 2022

Your 15 year old friend can't live with you and you could be charged with harboring a runaway. If your friend is being abused call CPS.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: If a child is legally adopted in the state of Colorado. Can they claim an inheritance from their bio parent? No will

Biological parents are dead and left no will.

Can the adopted child they gave up claim any inheritance

Johanna L Hendley
Johanna L Hendley answered on Mar 26, 2022

Generally speaking, no. Look at Colorado Revised Statutes 15-11-119, which says that there is no right of succession / inheritance between an adoptee and biological parents. There are exceptions, though, so read the statute completely to see if any apply to this situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Q: My childrens father is deceased. How would my spouse go about adopting them?

Father passed away last year, my spouse wants to legally adopt them as they have been in my childrens life since day one and they know them as a parent. We would also like all of our last names to match. How would we get this done?

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Mar 26, 2022

You can file for a stepparent adoption. You should consult with a local attorney familiar with adoption procedure in your county as, while the state rules are consistent, each county has it's own ways of doing things.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Q: My Aunt is pregnant and wants me to adopt the child. What do I need to do?
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg answered on Mar 23, 2022

You need to meet with a lawyer who handles adoptions. This is not something to treat as a do-it-yourself project.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: Is there a way to become the legal guardian/father of my girlfriend's daughter without marriage?

Paternal father's rights were stripped long ago

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 22, 2022

Depends in part on what you mean by paternal father's rights being "stripped"; were his rights terminated or was mother awarded sole custody? There is a difference. Either way, it will be hard to be named legal father without marrying the mother and doing a step-parent adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Michigan on
Q: How do you have a bio parent sogn off theirnrights when you have no contact woth them?

I want my husband who has now known my son for almost 10 years to adopt him so he has parental rights and we all have the same last name. I live in Michigan and because bio dad pays child support I guess he has rights to my son. I don't even receive my child support every month. My son will be... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Mar 22, 2022

You can try a step-parent adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I’m raising my bf son for 1.50 yrs birth mom hasn’t been there.Is there anyway I can adopt him?I’m sole provider

I take him to the doctor which my signature on there. She hasn’t asked to see him or anything.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 21, 2022

Possibly. You’d need dad/bf on board to adopt too.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on
Q: My fiancée have full custody of his son. Can I adopt his son without the mothers consent ?
Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Mar 21, 2022

In Ohio, if the noncustodial parent has either 1) not had more than de minimus contact with or 2) failed to provide support to the child for one year or more, you do not need their consent to the stepparent adoption.

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My daughters father is unknown and she has no father listed on her birth certificate. Can she be adopted by my partner?

My daughters father is unknown and not listed on her birth certificate. My friend who we thought was her father isn’t, he wants to adopt her. Can he do that with my consent alone or do we need to do something else?

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh answered on Mar 17, 2022

You need to do something else. On things as important as this--being a legal parent---I recommend that you consult and hire an adoption lawyer to do this because you do not want to get in a situation at some point in time in the future where you find something was not done correctly. Use the Find... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: I have permanent custody of my nephews. Can I adopt them?

The mother moved out of state 2 years ago and hasn't seen the kids in 2 years. The father hasn't seen the kids in a month.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Mar 15, 2022

Possibly. Is either parent supporting the children or are you their sole source of support?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Can my husband adopt my two children whose father is not in the picture?

I got a dissolution from my ex husband in 2017. We had two daughters together who are now aged 12 and 14. There was some abuse involved with the children and with me as well, and they haven't wanted anything to do with their father for some time. We have been to court a few times when he tried... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento answered on Mar 14, 2022

Hello, since you and your husband married more than a year ago, then he can apply for stepparent adoption. There are 2 ways a stepparent adoption can be granted: with or without consent of the biological parent who will have their parental rights terminated. In Ohio, if a parent fails to provide... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: I'm allowing my children to get adopted by there step father. Does it absolve past arrears?

DHS is not involved in any capacity other than as a pass through for payments. I'm aware that future payments will no longer be required. Arrears was being pursued pro se and only by her. Does this also cancel the contempt case on child support as well. Could I also ask her to drop arrears... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Mar 13, 2022

You should contact and familY and adoption attorney to best evaluate your specific scenario. However, I would suspect they could negotiate a term for your consent to waive anything in arrears. While this is not guaranteed if an awoc is being pursued, it could be something pursued through a consent... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Probate for Ohio on
Q: How do I know who has custody of a minor child in Ohio

My husband and I have had full custody of his 13 year old son for over 10 years now. Mom has since had another child who is now 6 years old which custody was given to her mother who has since passed away. The child is now back in her mothers care but need to know how to help grandma/ myself get... Read more »

Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss answered on Mar 9, 2022

If the child is not going to be placed with child services because of the mother's drug use, then you or the grandmother can file a private custody action in Juvenile court. You or her will need to prove 1) that the mother is unfit and 2) that putting the child in the care of a non-parent is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: My God baby mother is becoming more & more unraveled she is having repeated breakdowns where she threatens to drop kid

Off to police station. I have raised my God baby since she was 3 months she is 3yr now. Her moms leave her wit me every chance she gets even told her family that if anything happens she was to come to me. But her mental state loves to control the narrative of the situation so she don't put it... Read more »

Bridget Sciscento
Bridget Sciscento answered on Mar 7, 2022

You may be able to obtain emergency custody of your goddaughter. It is difficult to obtain emergency custody and even more difficult for a non-family member. However, given that you have been caring for the child for long stretches of time and Mom appears to be unstable, you may be able to overcome... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I want my step dad to adopt me, what do i have to do
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 5, 2022

Your step dad has to hire an adoption lawyer to file for intrafamily adoption

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: In the state of Louisiana does the Biological father need the relinguish rights paper notarized. Diffrent states.

Bio father is in a different state that child

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 2, 2022

Biological father can not relinquish rights in LA unless there is an adoptive father.

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Utah on
Q: Can I adopt my sisters unborn baby?

My sister recently found out she is pregnant and and feels as though she wouldn't be able to handle anymore children. She already has kids but doesn't want anymore. She has asked me and my husband to adopt. My sister is unmarried and says the father doesn't want the baby either.... Read more »

Mike Branum
Mike Branum answered on Feb 28, 2022

The short answer is "yes." The long answer is "you need an attorney."

Even though the father "doesn't want the baby," his rights will have to be terminated. He can consent to terminating his rights, but there will need to be an action to do so filed when...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Nevada on
Q: Hi,I have a step son and he has 2 last names. Taylor-O’Neill.Which name would be used as his last name, e.g in school?

We agreed on the hyphenated last name so the mother was happy, but overall we wanted him to have his dads last name(O’Neill). Was it wrong how we hyphenated it. Is the first last name what places,business, etc go by? Thank you.

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Feb 28, 2022

if the legal name is hyphenated, the entire hyphenated name should be used as his last name.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Maryland on
Q: Hi I am from Louisiana but recently moved to Maryland I have questions.

I received full custody of my son in 2019 after his dad was arrested for choking him and other things, my son's dad went back to prison in September 2019 for attempted murder on police and has been in there since, sentenced to 14 years. His father has a long record of violent offenses and... Read more »

Elizabeth Pugliese
Elizabeth Pugliese answered on Feb 23, 2022

Yes you will need his signature. believe it or not, you will have to consent to your boyfriend adopting your son too. There is a process to go though. A good lawyer can guide you through this process.

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