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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: So what forms do I need to terminate my ex's parental rights over our two children? My ex is for this!

My ex is in prison he has been there for a few years and will remain there for many more years the children will be in their late teens/adults when he gets out. He was never really involved in their life beforehand and is all for terminating his rights and allowing my husband to adopt children! My... Read more »

Camila Martin
Camila Martin answered on Jul 29, 2021

You should consult with an attorney to determine if a Step-Parent Adoption can be done in your case. If you and the biological Father are in agreement with your husband adopting the children, there should not be any major issues with the adoption process.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can I petition for custody of my grandson? Or at least try to get visitations established thru the court?

I had been raising my 6 1/2 grandson all his life. 100% by myself for the past 5 years with no help from his mother(my daughter) or his dad. 3 weeks ago his father showed up with his name finally on the B.C. & they also called DCF making outrageous false allegations concerning my 16yo son. The... Read more »

Camila Martin
Camila Martin answered on Jul 29, 2021

You should consult with an attorney that can assist you after getting more information on your particular case. You could file a Petition for Temporary Custody by Extended Family in Family Court where a Judge will make a determination on whether or not it is in the child's best interest that... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Divorce for Florida on
Q: Uncontested Divorce trying to be civil how to give step parent visitation without allowing them to adopt the child

Oldest child isnt biological the step parents kid. He has been going with his brothers since we split during timesharing with mom how to write that into paperwork without allowing him to be legally adopted his real mom abandoned him 11 years ago but is still on birth certificate I have paperwork... Read more »

Opal Phiona Lee
Opal Phiona Lee answered on Jul 28, 2021

Permitting the step-parent timesharing wouldn't be causing the the person to legally adopt - an adoption process would need to be initiated. However, you may be entering into an agreement/contract to give a person rights they may not otherwise have. As such, I strongly suggest you schedule a... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Is it possible for a grandparent to get custody of grandchild if for 6 years they were the ones taking caring him?

I have a 6 1/2 yo grandson I have been caring for and supporting all his life. About 3 weeks ago his father showed up to my door with DCF and with his birth certificate. I was told I had to let him go with his father even though the child doesnt even know him. For the past 3 weeks I have been... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jul 28, 2021

In family court (sounds like paternity in your case) there are no provisions for grandparent visitation. The only way that you might be able to pursue this is through dependency court. Look for a family attorney who specializes in dependency in your area that might give you a free or low cost... Read more »

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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.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Tax Law for Florida on
Q: If you had a child that was adopted are you allowed to have the original copy being the biological parent

I have my son adopted in November of court issues I'm trying to attain a copy of my son's birth certificate to show the IRS that I had my son for the first part of the year how do I go about doing that

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on May 17, 2021

Contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics. They offer walk-in or mail-in services. To save time, download and complete the forms you need. The Bureau of Vital Statistics may be reached at (904) 359-6900, ext. 9000.

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1 Answer | Asked in Military Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: My wife is a disabled veteran and has 9 year old daughter. We are looking to try for me to adopt her

The father has not been in her life since she was 1, and has had no contact nor attempted to contact her. I understand that these kind of adoption can cost quite a bit, and given my wife's disability, we don't have that kind of extra money. So I'm asking if there are any pro bono... Read more »

Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on May 11, 2021

You can actually do this without an attorney if you are unable to locate a pro bono attorney. Here is the link to the forms from the Florida Courts website:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Q: What happens is an Attorney is refusing to sign the Affidavit of expenses and receipts?
Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on May 11, 2021

It is unclear what you are asking. If you can clarify your question, it may be possible that you will receive answers. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: Since his time sharing petition was opened first does that override the step parent adoption.

My ex petitioned the court for time sharing at the end of Jan/Feb 2020 (to avoid child support in my opinion) in March of 2020 my husband and I petitioned the court for TPR and Step Parent adoption (Ex hasn’t seen child in 5 years and the child is 6yrs old) In Aug 2020 our petition was granted... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Mar 22, 2021

If the TPR and adoption have already been granted then you need to provide that final order to the court that is addressing the timesharing issue. You should speak with a local family lawyer to make sure that it is handled properly.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: MY children and I lived in Florida and the inlaws took them to TN and refused to return. Do I need a FL or Tn lawyer?

Is there any way to get the case brought to Fl? If so how? How do I know what lawyer to get? They are trying to adopt them and I want my babies back home asap!

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Mar 15, 2021

If the children have been out of Florida for less than six months, you would sue in Florida for custody. It is unclear what in-laws took them to Tennessee and are trying to adopt them; the parents of the children's other parent?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on
Q: Hello! We are gay female couple with a kid and looking for a second parenting adoption consultation.

Could you please provide us with this information if possible?

Deborah Annette Carroll
Deborah Annette Carroll answered on Mar 7, 2021

I'd love to provide you with a free consultation. Please contact my office at 863-937-9100 and my assistant will set up a time for us to talk. I look forward to it!

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: what do i need to do so that my husband and I can legally raise my best friends baby while her and the dad are in prison
Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Mar 4, 2021

Both parents need to sign a temporary guardianship agreement designating you as the guardian for the child. Speak to a local family lawyer who can help you with this legal document.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: How do we get children back after grandparents adoption we were not aware of? Grandma always said it was a guardianship.

My husband's mother has a grandparents adoption his mother asked him to sign a "guardianship" for both boys so that she could care for them while he was medically incapacitated. *now at this time my husband was a single dad, the mom of both boys terminated her parental rights to not... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Feb 13, 2021

Your husband needs to obtain the services of an attorney to consider suing for custody. It's not clear whether the "guardianship" paper he signed pertained to a court adoption petition or simply was a relatively meaningless piece of paper.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Domestic Violence for Florida on
Q: I have a child from an unmarried relationship and my husband and I would like for him to be able to adopt her.

The father on the birth certificate has not seen her since her first birthday. Has not provided any financial support since her birth and only tries to contact me on her birthday every year and she is now five. He is already involved in another custody case with his wife who is trying to get a... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jan 21, 2021

You must address the biological father's rights one way or another. The easier way id for the bio father to consent to the adoption. The more difficult way is for you to go to court to terminate bio father's parental rights. One of those two things must happen to facilitate the adoption... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Me and my ex are currently living together and we have a child. She also has 2 other children who I have raised for the

- past 7 years. Their fathers have nothing to do with them and they even think I am their father. She is very unstable and has even almost physically hurt the children before and even told me that if I wasnt there to stop it she might have really thg hurt her 6 year old one day. I've only... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Jan 13, 2021

I am assuming that you are in Florida. If not then you need to ask this question of a Louisiana attorney. For your child, you need to file a Petition for Paternity to protect your rights. For the other children, since you are not married to the mother you really have no legal rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My sons father passed away 5yrs ago and he wants my husband to adopt him but he has questions.

My son wants my new husband to adopt him but he wants to know if they have to seal his birth certificate with his biological dad on it or if we can leave that open and do another amended one with his adopted dad? Also, if he can keep his last name and just add my husbands last name as well. When I... Read more »

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara answered on Dec 29, 2020

If your husband, the step-father, adopts your son the birth certificate would be changed from his biological father to his new father. I've never seen a process where he could have 2 fathers, one deceased and one alive. The birth certificate is a legal document, so it does not change the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Q: I just found out my ex gave my daughter up for adoption, without my knowledge or consent. I'm the biological father

She broke up with me and completely shut me out of her life..she did not get an abortion done and ended up giving the baby up for adoption..this was almost 4 years ago..and I just found out today that I have a daughter who I didnt even know existed....

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Dec 7, 2020

Unfortunately if the adoption was four years ago there is probably nothing that can be done now. The courts will always look at what is best for the child and taking a child away from the family that it has known for four years is not in the child's best interest. Your remedy was to go to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Q: My son wants to present his stepdad with papers to petition for him to adopt him for Christmas. Where can I get them

I’m his biological mother and his father is deceased since 2015. I do have the death certificate. My son is 17 and has asked me to help with this. I’m willing to give my consent. I just need the paperwork for him to petition and don’t know where to find it without him knowing until Christmas.... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Dec 2, 2020

Google petition for adoption in Florida.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My sons bio dad is not on the birth cert and no contact in 3 years. Can my fiancee adopt him without involving the bio?

My sons biological father is not on the birth certificate and paternity has never been established. My son is about to be 6. Bio dad (an incarcerated violent felon) has not seen him since he was 6 months old and has made no effort to contact is in the last 3 years. Can my fiancee, who has been in... Read more »

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara answered on Nov 18, 2020

Yes! You need to do a step-parent adoption which includes checking if the biological father registered himself in the Florida putative father registry. If he didn't, which most men do not do, then there is no need for consent from him. His rights would be terminated in the adoption. But you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can my fiancee adopt my son without us involing the biological father?

My son is 5, 6 in 3 weeks. I met my fiancee when he was 2. The bio dad never established paternity, is not on the birth certificate and has been incarcerated as a violent felon since my son was 6 months old. I have had restraing orders against him. He has not tried to contact us in over 3 years. My... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 12, 2020

No; you have to give the biological father notice of the adoption proceeding.

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