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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If my son has no legal father on his birth certificate can my fiance adopt him? The biological father knows of my son.

He has not taken care of him or seen him in about a year and a half, my son is 2.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Mar 23, 2023

Not while he is your fiancé / after you get married then you can do a step-parent adoption. But the biological father will still have to give consent or you will have to prove in court why his consent is not necessary. Contact a family lawyer/adoption attorney for your best course of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: We are looking into step parent adoption, I don’t have a father on the birth certificate, should he sign acknowledgment

Of paternity

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Mar 17, 2023

If you know who the father is then you need to get the dna completed and then have him sign a consent to the adoption. This is much faster and easier than having to do other things when the father is unknown. Contact an adoption attorney for your best course of action.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: My cousin is wanting to give me her unborn child because her and her husband are unable to care for her.

They are in AZ but willing to come to Oklahoma to have the baby. Where do I start? How do I bring home the baby when she is born

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Mar 10, 2023

If she comes here to have the baby then you will most likely avoid the legal issues of multiple states and thus making it easier and cheaper for you. Kinship adoptions are a fairly simple procedure and most adoption attorneys can assist you and most of us will give a free phone consult to make sure... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: In Oklahoma, I am the custodial parent, I have been married to my wife for 3 years we have been together since 2018.

The non custodial has been absent since 2017 and paid child support only one time in dec 2020 is my wife able to adopt my daughter? The non custodial parent lost her rights in court and has failed to cover her part of support and has had little to no contact over the last 6 years.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Mar 3, 2023

Step parent adoptions are very common and to answer your question, and based on your given facts, probably yes. There are some avenues we often pursue to get that permitted through the courts. This is not something you will want to do on your own if you suspect resistance. Contact an adoption... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Adoption and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: I need help locating the Oklahoma statute about children who have been adopted out in regards to intestate succession.

I was told there was a statutue that said children who have been adopted out can still inherit from their biological parents if the parent dies intestate, but I am having trouble locating it to verify if it is correct. Is this correct and can you please help me locate the statute that confirms or... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jan 10, 2023

Yes this is correct. A child who has been adopted inherits from both the biological parent as an equal child share and from the adoptive parent as an equal child share. So long as there is not a will in which specifically omits that child - This is a combination of statutes (Title 84 of OK... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: If the grandparents adopt said children would we be able to file for our parental rights to be reinstated if both

Parents and grandparents agree

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Nov 7, 2022

Once the parental rights are terminated and the original adoption is approved you would have to file for adoption of the child(ren) and prove that it is in the best interest of the child(ren)

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Support and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: If a father is paying child support and a step dad wants to adopt well child support be terminated
Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean
answered on Nov 4, 2022

The bio dad must appear before adoption judge and consent to the adoption. His child support will terminate when the adoption is granted.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my nephew 13 ask to live with me

So my nephew 13 - his dad will not get a job like is not trying lost their home and is bouncing between a drug addict friend and a house with no power or water

My nephew does not want to stay there - so his dad sent him to live with an aunt that he is really uncomfortable with to the point... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean
Gary Johnston Dean
answered on Jun 2, 2022

I'm at a loss as to why DHS can't find abuse. Go ahead and take him in, and see an experienced family law attorney to file for legal guardianship. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I undo signing parental rights away a year ago in favor of a step parent adoption if that adoption never took place?

About a year ago, I decided that it was in my daughter's best interest to sign my parental rights away to allow her step dad to adopt her. I did this because we had been dragging out a custody battle for 4 years without ever actually going to court for custody. Every court day was more and... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Apr 14, 2022

Your case has specific details that will be best suited with an attorney rather than this forum. Most will give a free phone consultation. I suggest you contact one sooner rather than later so that you can insure your rights if they in fact still remain intact.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: I'm allowing my children to get adopted by there step father. Does it absolve past arrears?

DHS is not involved in any capacity other than as a pass through for payments. I'm aware that future payments will no longer be required. Arrears was being pursued pro se and only by her. Does this also cancel the contempt case on child support as well. Could I also ask her to drop arrears... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Mar 13, 2022

You should contact and familY and adoption attorney to best evaluate your specific scenario. However, I would suspect they could negotiate a term for your consent to waive anything in arrears. While this is not guaranteed if an awoc is being pursued, it could be something pursued through a consent... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Identity Theft and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: how do i get a quiet title ran for monies left unclaimed at the oklahoma treasury office in my deceased parents name
Chantelle Hickman-Ladd
Chantelle Hickman-Ladd
answered on Feb 2, 2022

The first step is to file a claim form with Unclaimed Property. After a caseworker is assigned to your case, they'll instruct you on the documentation needed to release the funds. I would recommend reaching out to an attorney for further help if the caseworker tells you that you need to show... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Elder Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Re: guardianship of my mom. My siblings were adopted out of the family. Do I need to serve official notice to my them?

I am the only one of my mom's children who wasn't legally adopted. I'm wondering if I should go through the process of paying a sheriff/process server to deliver the notice of guardianship petition.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Dec 9, 2021

Since an adopted child still receives a childs portion of the estate of biological parents, I would send them notice in this matter as well. However, you can send it via certified mail and this is cost less than the sheriff/process server.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my adoption parents give me to another family.

i get thretend and im not loved as much asi would like and i dont get treated right.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Sep 15, 2021

Children (minors) cannot just be given away legally, more specifically the parental rights still remain with the parent. There are legal avenues that can be taken.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Okay I’m 17 and I’m wanting to date this 20 year old I’ve been talking to I want to know how I can get It legal

Okay he’s 20 And I’m in the dhs system but live with my grandma I want to know if there is anyway I can get consent from the person I’m staying with and a price of paper signed and legalized to state we are allowed to date and get rule and boundary so we don’t get into trouble we are not... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden
answered on Sep 12, 2021

You would have to discuss this with your legal guardian.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: Can my boyfriend adopt my child?

My child's dad hasn't seen him since Father's day and has talked to him 3 times since then over facetime. He was talking about moving so I brought up to my boyfriend about adopting my child. My child loves him like a dad and my boyfriend loves him like his own. We also are having a... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Aug 29, 2021

Short answer, no. In order for him to adopt then you would have to be married and file a step-parent adoption. Contact an adoption attorney to fully explain things.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Divorce for Oklahoma on
Q: Will a divorce hinder adoption?

My wife and I have had a guardianship of a little boy for almost 6 years. We filed adoption almost 2 years ago, bio mom signed consent. Bio dad showed up to 1 of 3 mediations and 30% of visitations.

Divorce looks imminent for us, but we want to make sure our boy is safe with us.

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Aug 10, 2021

Technically, if the adoption is not final before you divorce then it will become an issue, as the statute does not allow two single people to adopt the same child. It can be one person or one married couple. If you get divorced after the adoption is final then you will have custody questions just... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: How do I get a certified copy of adoption certificate in Oklahoma?
Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Aug 4, 2021

By default, adoption records are not public. There is no official adoption certificate, once the adoption is final, the adoptive parents file for a new birth certificate. If you are the adoptive parents then you will have a copy of the filed paperwork or your attorney should be able to provide... Read more »

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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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
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.

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