I am in the military, and I want to adop my 15 year old brother. He lives with my stepfather and my mother lives in mexIco. I’m stationed in NC and my brother lives in California. How can I adopt him so I could bring him to live with me.
The adoption process is a state law issue and if he currently lives in California then you will need to speak with a family law attorney there. Adoption may not even be necessary, depending on the purpose of the adoption. You may able to just have a custody order. You should also research what...Read more »
You must either file to legitimate the child, file for paternity, marry her, or support the child. Supporting the child can be done in many ways. Act quickly though, because your time to act may have already passed, depending on how far along she is in the process. Consult with a family law...Read more »
The short answer is - no. In order for a child to be adopted, your parental rights would need to be terminated. The best chance of you getting your child back is if this process is not yet complete and you hire an attorney. Best of luck.
The short answer is, likely yes. Until you turn 18 - you are a child and if DSS has custody of you, they can do with you pretty much as they please until you do turn 18. Your best bet is to do the best you can to make whatever they do as tolerable for yourself as you can make it. When you turn...Read more »
has had his visitation rights terminated. the biological mother could see the child with supervision but has never approached that. neither has seen her since she was 18 months old. She calls us mom and dad but knows her circumstances. she would like to be adopted so that we all have the same... Read more »
You would not have to notify her biological father, if his parental rights have been terminated (you'll need to verify this). You will need to notify her biological mother, and if possible, get her consent. Otherwise, you'll need to have her parental rights terminated as well. Her last...Read more »
We adopted an adult woman and things changed drastically. We have not seen her for years, nor heard from her. We do not want our estate to be shared with her. What form in N.C. is used to file for dissolution?
**edit** that is not our preference. We prefer that she not be able to try and... Read more »
Baby will be born in SC, we reside in NC. Mother desires us to adopt the baby as we are a stable and loving couple and she has been struggling with addiction and is single at 20 years old. We have adopted a relative before through the state of Florida. The difference is that our previous adoption... Read more »
She will need to have the child born here in NC, or you will need to go through the ICPC process (which can a lot of time and cause complications). Depending on how far out she is with the pregnancy, you'll also need to be timing a homestudy to be performed. The father can consent to the...Read more »
members, her daughter is not being well taken care of. Can the daughter legally decide who she wants to live with without her mother’s permission when she turns 13? Can I have guardianship or adopt her this way?
No a 13 year old does not get to decide where she wants to live. Think about it... if that were the case she could live with a boyfriend. Getting guardianship, termination of parental rights and adoption or even custody of a child who has a biological parent requires proving to a court, by clear...Read more »
I want to leave my parent's house.. They're manipulative, they don't care about my feelings, the mentally abuse me, etc.. I can't stay here.. I know someone that will take me in, but they're afraid to go to jail.. They said if it was legal.. They would.. I'm 17.. I... Read more »
At 18, it is not called 'running away' it is just called 'leaving your parents house' - which is something you are suppose to do. Until then you need to stop whining and suck it up and deal with it like everyone else. Best of luck.
They have brought up the step father adopting him. My arrears will end up being paid but they have brought it up. Only issue is when I agree the mother gets angry and threatens me with the law or to make sure she gets every penny from me. The step father is a great dad to my son and I feel... Read more »
judge and we have tried to adopt her to ensure she is protected and that she is finacially provided for. We have been told that we cannot do that without the mothers consent. she has made no attempts to stop using drugs or comply with anything to at least get visitation rights. what can we do to... Read more »
If the mother will not consent, then you have to file to get her parental rights terminated. There are 11 grounds which could justify the court terminating parental rights, in addition to determining that it would be in the best interest of the child that the parent's rights be terminated....Read more »
It's generally 3 years full-time, or 4 years part-time at night. Some schools have accelerated programs. Depending on the institution, you take mandatory core courses that generally include contracts, torts, constitutional law, property law, criminal law, wills/trusts, legal writing,...Read more »
How to I get coustady over a ex friends child? They are both refusing for me to get her but after December the 19th they get all rights room from them and the child goes to foster care how can I get the little girl so she doesnt go to foster care? Only reason they dont want me to get her is because... Read more »
Because she is already involved in the Social Services system, you can contact Social Services and express an interest in the child being placed with you. You will have a better chance of the child being placed if you agree to take a foster parenting class (called Model Approach to Partnerships in...Read more »
Around eight months ago my father signed my sisters over to me. I went through the process and was granted guardianship of them. He has a lengthy history of physical violence, drug abuse, theft, and so on. However, there are no legal documents that show the physical, mental, and emotional abuse... Read more »
NC court order awarding full custody to paternal grandparents and visitation to maternal grandmother who must be supervising the child when her mother is present. This court order went into judgment when the child was 2. She is going to be 10 and is deathly scared of her mother’s anger. The... Read more »
I have been doing this a long time and have heard this type of story more times than I care to remember and right off the bat, your story doesn't sound right. Here's why: If things are in fact as bad as you say they are, why in the world would you be even the slightest bit concerned...Read more »
The biological father has not had contact with my son (who is now 5) for close to three years. I have been with my partner for these past three years, and my son calls him dad. My partner and I would like to get married and he would like to adopt my son. Should the petition wait until after the... Read more »
J was initially a foster child. I was his guardian, he came to me at 3 months old. She (Biological) and I agreed that I would adopt him whenever she was through with her case plans, but did not want to involve DSS (Dept. of Social Services) Needless to say she disappeared and did not want to be... Read more »
You will likely need to petition the Court to terminate her parental rights, you will also need to include the biological father in that petition as well. If things are the way you say they are, it should be a slam dunk and then you can proceed with the adoption if you are a good candidate. Shop...Read more »
My girlfriend and I want to move in together in my parents house, (she's almost 15, and I am 15) She is a foster child, She lives in North Carolina, and i live in Pennsylvania, her dad sort of wants her out, and we're thinking if we upset him he'll kick her out, but she wants to try... Read more »
Yes, if she is emancipated but it is difficult to get emancipated. She would need to prove she can provide for herself financially and more importantly, has the common sense to take care of herself and make appropriate decisions. Neither of which is qualities of most 25 year olds let alone a 15...Read more »
My son's biological father has never seen my son and has expressed intrest in terminating his parental rights. My son has a father in his life who has been around since birth. him and I are no longer in a relationship and he is now married. Despite our relationship not working he is still in... Read more »
Obviously a man married to someone else is not a candidate to adopt your son and his continued presence in your child's life is potentially not in the best interest of his new family or your child. As to the father terminating his rights, he can not do that unilaterally - you would need to...Read more »
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