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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 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 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

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: If biological father owes arrears and my husband adopts my child does biological father still owe the arrears?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Apr 6, 2022

Yes, he will still owe the arrears unless you agree to waive them.

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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 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Divorce and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a married couple still adopt together if they file divorce during adoption proceedings?

My husband and I are currently in the process of adopting, which has caused a lot of strain on our marriage. We are considering divorce, and both very much love this child and still want to adopt and have shared custody. How would it affect our adoption proceedings if we were to file divorce before... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 17, 2022

Don't divorce until the adoption is final.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My son is 22 and wants his step father to adopt hime what is the process and price
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 16, 2022

This would be considered an adult adoption, and the process isn't nearly as complicated or lengthy as other adoptions, and generally the attorney fees for handling these are generally more affordable but vary from attorney to attorney. I would recommend that you contact an attorney, such as... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: My sons (bio father) is not on the birth certificate. I was raped at a party and never told him. Husband wants to adopt

My husband has been in his life since he was 6 months old. My son only knows him as his dad and I don’t know if this would be adoption or a VAOP. My son is now 2 almost 3 and we want his name from his birth name (my pre married name) to our name.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 23, 2022

Hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can someone adopt a child without the biological mothers consent
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 13, 2022

Yes if her rights are terminated. You need an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Our granddaughter 17 is living with us. Her father is deceased and our daughter gave up rights. What do we do to adopt.

We are considering doing this so she can have better medical insurance. Now she is on medicaid. Also she gets social security benefits from her deceased father. Would that stop?

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

No social security does not atop but you need to notify social security in writing and hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can I adopt an adult whom I consider my child who is not kin to me
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 20, 2021

Yes contact an adoption attorney to do an adult adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Is a notarized intent to adopt form enough to bring the baby home from the hospital before starting the process?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 13, 2021

You need an attorney to prepare a document that fulfills legal requirements to take someone else's child home.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Is adoption easier after obligor charged with Deadbeat , abandonment in all regards? 3yrs, Past 5 do not count.

Child's father is my 2nd husband. Separated 8wks after birth. Divorced 7 months later(April 1st). Remarried 1st husband from a 15yr marriage with 2 children, 1brother(20) & 1sister(18). This is the child's family. Child's father's behavior would continue. He's who the... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 8, 2021

You may have grounds for your current husband to adopt. Contact an adoption attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Can I get my child's father's rights terminated and have my husband adopt her?

We have a custody agreement in place which he gets her every other weekend. But that's the only communication he has with her. He doesn't ask about her any other time he just gets her so we can stay out of court. He is on child support but doesn't pay any of it and is behind 15,000... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 8, 2021

Why haven't you gotten a private process server and served him with contempt?

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: I was born in 78 and another man was listed on my birth certificate. In Louisiana how would I add my bio father?

My mother was married and put her husband as my father on my birth certificate.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 20, 2021

An adult adoption would solve that problem. An adoption attorney can do that for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My daughter's dad is deceased and he is not on her birth certificate. Can my husband adopt her?

Her father is deceased. My husband has been in her life since she was 2. She also receives survivors benefits from her deceased father. How would me and my husband go about adoption? Would my daughter lose her survivors benefits from her deceased father?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 16, 2021

An adoption attorney can do an intrafamily adoption and she won't lose her benefits.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I live in Louisiana, a friend wants me to adopt her 13 year old daughter. Do we have to have a lawyer?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 27, 2021

Adoption law is a specialized area of law and, unless you are familiar with it, a lot can go wrong. And if one thing isn't done right, the whole adoption can fall apart. Therefore, it's important that you have an attorney who knows how to handle adoptions. Good luck, and... Read more »

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