I take it you have already explored whether he would voluntarily consent to adoption by stepfather? This is the easiest method to proceed. Otherwise there would need to be either a default on a petition or a trial establishing unfitness of bio father with an adjudication.
I am 16 my mom left me in the care of a relative without birth certificate or social security card and I have been out of school for a year and am currently living with a friend who is filing for guardianship and feel unsafe goin back to my mom. How long will this process take and can or will they... Read more »
If the Court finds the petitioner for guardianship to be suitable and in your best interest after first having the petitioner appointed temporarily usually there would then be a trial date for appointment of a permanent guardian for you until age 18. Sometimes the parent(s) assent to temporary or...Read more »
My son is 15 months old, and his father has made no effort to see him or even ask how he's doing since I left him when my son was less than 3 months old. I've reached out multiple times with opportunities for visits with no response from him. He has my facebook blocked and has a new... Read more »
If you were divorced did you have a reference to custody and visitation in the agreement or in the Judgment post trial? If this is an unmarried parents Judgment of paternity or custody and support, then the issue of what custody there is would be addressed in that agreement and Judgment. You would...Read more »
I have an 8 year old son from a prior relationship, his biological father has not seen or spoken to him in about 6 years. I was just recently married but before marriage my husband has been supporting my son for the past 5 years while we were in a relationship. The biological father does not keep... Read more »
If there are no issues involving the step father there are no chances working against you and then quite possibly biological father would be willing to consent to the adoption. You can still proceed with the adoption petition if he does not consent but it would be a longer time frame, and judging...Read more »
I recently did a paternity test & found out i have a 9 year old daughter. However the mother isn’t allowing me to be a part of this child’s life. Given how sensitive the situation is, i understand her concern. But she originally agreed then disagreed. Plans on moving out of state too. The... Read more »
Without "going to Court" you do not have any legal rights as in paternity cases the presumption is that the mother has sole custody. Therefore, if you are interested in obtaining visitation rights you will need to involve the Court. You also will be responsible for child support and this...Read more »
My new husband has been their primary caregiver since my daughter was 3 and my son was 1.5, I am having a will written, (4 + years as of right now) would my husband have any grounds to keep the children should something happen to me? I would like the verbiage to read for them to stay in our home... Read more »
The best way to deal with the biological father not potentially having custody of the minor children at your death would be to see if he would agree and your husband would agree to a step parent adoption. If the children are older than 14 then there should also be input from them as to their...Read more »
I'm in the middle of adopting my 2 step kids (ages 8 and 7) who were horribly abused by their stepfather and mother. The mother has already lost her youngest through adoption because of the abuse. However, the kids mother has a horrible rage that she will literally go after people and has done... Read more »
I see no problem, generally, with requesting such a restraining order. You may need to hire a lawyer as the issues may be too complex for you. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself....Read more »
You'd have to file for emancipation in court. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/...Read more »
My daughter's birth father is out of state abusive and a criminal and has never been in my daughter's life but doesn't want to give up his parental rights..My husband has raised my daughter ( our daughter) what do we do???My husband is trying to adopt our daughter.
The mother of the child got arrested in California DCF to custody they contacted my fiance to take a DNA test I am his beneficiary and take care of all his stuff he wants me to take custody of the child cuz I also have four other children so I was just wondering what the requirements are for me to... Read more »
Typically there is no basis for custody by a non-biological parent unless there is a termination of parental rights ordered by a court followed by a legal adoption. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors,...Read more »
I had gone back and gotten copy of the adoption papers they have no signature on file plus I am listed as the primary with her vets. He had a romantic interest who works with dogs look over the papers and she says he is in the right but I still believe that I have rights to see the cat as well.
Your claim to ownership would depend on any agreements between you and your ex re: the cat and whether your ex gave you ownership rights of the cat at any point. As for visitation rights, unless they're agreed to in some contract with your ex or are ordered by a judge as part of some rarified...Read more »
I guess you are his father? It also depends when he was adopted and when he died. The laws have changed in Massachusetts over the years.
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