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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I adopt him? Procedure and cost. Do I need lawyer?
Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 21, 2021

You will need to provide some additional information to get a useful answer such as:

Are you wanting to adopt a child or an adult? (It makes a big difference)

Is everyone in Oklahoma?

Easiest way to get an answer is to call an attorney to discuss the details. The attorney...
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Q: He's 26, I'm 54. He doesn't want his real birth parents on his new.paperwork

I love in Oklahoma and he's currently at an air force base in ND WITH hisband and their 3 kids

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 21, 2021

Can you please clarify your question. Not really sure what exactly you are asking.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: I have a friend who was disowned by his parents for being trans. We talked about adopting him and are wondering cost?

Would like to know.process and cost

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jun 21, 2021

Please contact my office for a free consultation. There are many factors that come into play in an adoption and in order to get an accurate assessment then there are more questions to be asked than can be done in this forum.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I terminate my son's father's rights and adopt him myself?

My son's father has been convicted on several counts of rape 2, forcible oral sodomy, and manufacturing child pornography. My son is 14 and no longer want's contact with his father. However everything I have read states I have to have a husband to do a step-parent adoption. Is there... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Mar 20, 2021

There has to be someone to take the place of the parent being terminated. The only way to terminate rights is through an adoption or when DHS takes over to terminate. So in short, until you have been married for a year and have a step-parent adoption he stays on the books as father.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: In Oklahoma’s friend/someone dear too me is dealing with a verbal abusive father and half caring mother. She wants out

Basically the person my love that I truly care for her and she dealing with unable to attend a normal schooling and she has a abusive verbal dad that talks crap too her and her mother and I am wanting to get her out of that place and see about letting her move in she currently 15 but by May she... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Feb 16, 2021

What is your relationship to the child?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a parent voluntarily gave up custody of their child to the grandparents, can they get child back

If a parent voluntarily gave up custody of their child and allowed the grandparents to adopt, can the child come live with them if they choose at age 12? Or come live with them again at all?

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Jan 19, 2021

In a short answer, No and yes. You can no longer get the child back as your children because your rights have been terminated. If the child wants, and if the child's legal parents (your parents it appears) choose to let the child stay with you, that is their right as the parents, however, in... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Civil Rights and Domestic Violence for Oklahoma on
Q: I live in Oklahoma and was indigent during my jury trial that was in juvenile court. My appellate attorney only provided

Me with my testimony at my second jury trial. Who do I go through to get the whole transcript for my first trial

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Dec 9, 2020

The court appointed attorney should be able to get you a copy of the transcript.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: How would I go about fighting dhs back. Should I get the hospital reports

Regarding the false accusations with dhs and myself

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Dec 8, 2020

Hire an attorney before you do anything. Your attorney will tell you the best way to move forward and what information they will need to defend you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Should I hire an attorney for dhs making false accusations?

Dhs took my son and said he and I both tested positive for fentanyl but come to find it it was the anestelogist that gave it when I had a emergency c section. But I have a previous dhs case that has been closed. Will it do me any good to find it.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Dec 8, 2020

Yes, no doubt about it you need an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is adopted child responsible for bio parent at death?

My sister and I were contacted by my bio dad's brother stating he died and we are next of kin. We have not seen him since we were 3 & 5yo (40 years ago). We were adopted 27 years ago by a man we have always considered our father. The last 8mo or so my bio dad has tried to make contact with... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Nov 22, 2020

In short, the answer is no. There are always extenuating factors that can be involved, but that would require you sitting down with a family law attorney and working through all the details. An adopted child can receive inheritance from the biological parents as well as the adoptive parents, so... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: How old does a child have to be to consent to a step parent adoption

Her mom hasn’t talked to her in 3 years and never paid child support. My step daughter recently told me she is scared her mom will find her because we moved to the town she lives in. And she said she doesn’t want to see her.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Oct 21, 2020

The child's age is not a controlling factor in the step-parent adoption. The controlling factor is the amount of time you have been married. So long as you have been married for more than 1 year, then you can file for the step-parent adoption. If the mother does not consent, then you would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I need an attorney for court next month bc my sister is trying to adopt my daughter

I let my daughter stay with my sister a few years back bc my life was a chaotic mess . Dhs was involved w my other kid & my sister told me that the worker said I wasn’t allowed to see her. Then she went and got guardianship. I never received any notice of court bc she sent it to an address... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Oct 19, 2020

There are specific notices that have to be given and if they sent it to your last known address then they most likely have met that obstacle (they are not responsible for keeping track of every place a person lives but the last known address, because in some cases, those people are bouncing around... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I go by getting visitations with my six children if I am doing much better to provide for them?
Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Sep 26, 2020

If you do not already have a visitation order hire an attorney to help you petition the court for a visitation order.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I do a turn around adoption to get my six children back into my custody asap?
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 21, 2020

This question is not as easy as step 1 - 2 - 3. Generally, once an adoption is finalized, then it is non-reversible. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however these exceptions are challenging to prove. This is something that you will need an experienced adoption attorney to help you with,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I change her last name to my other kids last name and around how much will that cost???

I have a child shes one of my middle children whos last name is my ex husbands who is her sperm donor my older 2 and my youngest all have the same dad and same last name. Her sperm donor has been non-existent since she was 3 months old and my other kids dad has helped raise her thats who she knows... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jul 9, 2020

Typically parental rights are only terminated if a child is adopted or for abuse or neglect in a very specific deprived child action.

If there was a sperm donor that would be a separate issue.

So, not sure if there has been an actual termination of rights here or if this is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a child that has been adopted by a family member due to the parents right terminated decide where she wants to live

She is fixing to be 16. I lost my rights and my sister adopted her but now my sister wants to dump her off at job cor in Guthrie and my 16 wants to live with me. Can she decide to leave my sister house even though my sister is her legal guardian or can my sister just dump her off somewhere else... Read more »

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Jun 28, 2020

As the adoptive parent, your sister has all of the rights. You daughter may claim emancipation, if she can demonstrate she can live on her own and manage her own finances. She also needs to show that it is in her best interest to no longer have a guardian.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a way I can get adopted by someone or emancipated withkut my oarents permission?
Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 22, 2020

No, you can't be adopted without parent's consent unless parental rights are terminated.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: how do i file for voluntary parental rights terminations?

my ex husband and i have been divorced since 2016 and i have sole custody of our two daughters. he is 20,000.00 behind in child support and has visitation with them in the state of Missouri.my fiance wants to adopt them and change their last name to his.

my daughters want the same thing... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Apr 7, 2020

Adoptions are so complex that most attorneys will not even attempt an adoption. It is not a do it yourself project so your first step should be to hire an experienced adoption attorney. They will be able to help you get this done.

I wish you the best of luck with your case

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a way to terminate rights of a non custodial parent who pays child support through garnishment?

He has not seen the kids regularly since july 2014. He saw them once in June 2015 and once in July 2016. I have been told that because he “pays” child support even if it’s because he is garnished I can’t take his rights away. I am remarried and my husband wants to adopt them

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Feb 9, 2020

What you were told is not exactly true. The statute states that a child may adopted without consent if the non-custodial parent has not provided financial support in 12 or the past 14 months ... OR ... has not made reasonable effort in the past 12 of the previous 14 months to establish or maintain... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Hello. I am wondering if we the petitioner can request a public notice to be placed regarding a court date.

The respondent does have an attorney but we didn't want to get to the court hearing day of and the respondents attorney ask for another continuance because she can't locate her client. We have guardianship of our two nieces for 21 months and filed for adoption in September. Court date for... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jan 16, 2020

You would have to give the attorney notice of the hearing. It is very easy to mess up an adoption, so much so that most attorneys will not even attempt an adoption case. You really should have an attorney that really knows adoptions to help you and they will be able to deal with notice issues.

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