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Q: Me and my mother have agreed that she adopt my 13 year old daughter in tennessee. What is the process if we both agree?

My mother has had my daughter since she was 9 days old. She wants to adopt and I agree with it. Our family has a good close bond and we agree that it is best for the child. My mother also want to waive any child support or arrearages that I may have and waive any financial or any other... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 20, 2018

You need a competent attorney to prosecute the Adoption action. It is not simple, and most importantly, both your's and the Father's rights in the Child must be Terminated. The Chancellor may wish to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem. It is much easier if the Father agrees to give up his... Read more »

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Q: I have been raised by a couple basically my whole life. Where can I find adult adoption forms? Besides an attorney.

I am 25 now and this couple have raised me since I was 3 weeks old when my mother handed me to them. At 3 years she took me back and it was hell. At 11 my birth mother signed me over to them. This couple asked then if I wanted them to adopt me. I said no. Now that I am older I want to go through... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Sep 20, 2018

Adoption can be very complicated. Hire a competent attorney to represent all interested parties, which makes it easier and cheaper. If the Adoption is messed up, you will know it when you try to inherit from your Parents.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: i am 16 years old. i was adopted a couple of years ago and i was wondering if i could legally move out w/o consent
Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Apr 28, 2018

No, you cannot move out without parental consent until you are 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: My daughter whom I adopted when she was 2 and is now 16 is being contacted thru social media by her biological mother,

her mother just got out of jail, she sent her harassing messages about 6 months ago that I just found out about and now she is contacting her again, this time being all sweet and loving, I know it's because she wants something from her, but my daughter doesn't understand this, my daughter... Read more »

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Apr 19, 2018

If there was an adoption, the biological mothers rights were terminated. It can be a criminal offense ( only a misdemeanor, however) to violate a "contact veto" see TCA sec. 36-1-132. Consult your adoption lawyer and local law enforcement personnel for more specific advice on your situation.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: If my kids father has not been in here lives nor done anything for them for a year can my kids be adopted by my fiance?

Without their fathers consent?

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Apr 9, 2018

Under Tennessee law, if there is no support or meaningful visitation for 4 months, parental rights can be terminated because of abandonment. I strongly suggest your consult an experienced adoption lawyer, and perhaps get married to your fiancé.'

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: If another state dramatically mismanages a foster child's case, can I sue the sate for legal guardianship?

This child is my blood relative and was placed with us for permanent placement. She has been suddenly placed back with bio parents on 2 occasions after PTR has been filed. She is only 3. She has moved homes 5 times. The caseworker has not made 1 choice in the best interest of this child. The last... Read more »

Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow answered on Apr 5, 2018

There may be actions you can take to get children properly placed, but it appears you need an experienced attorney at this point. "Suing" the state should not be at the top of your list. It is difficult for everyone when the state finds it necessary to remove children from their parents.... Read more »

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Q: My stepfather adopted me when i was 7, I had my name changed legally to his surname. Him and my mother divorced in 1987

Am i still his first born legal heir? He has since remarried and has no biological children of his own so does the adoption make me his legal heir? He is not in good health and he hasn't had any contact with me in 10 years . Am I entitled to anything he has or will I need to contest his will... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 25, 2018

You may or may not have grounds to challenge the will. You would be his heir if he had no will, but it is his choice to leave you out of his will if he wishes. You should consult a probate attorney to help you review your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: My son Adopted father said if we don’t split custody of my son That I will lose child support is that true?
Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 25, 2018

No, that is not true. You should consult an attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Can I get rights to the son I have raised and have full time his mom gets him on weekends. Biological dad is not prsnt.

My ex (also mother of my child) had a son before we got together. His biological father has never been in the picture, but is on birth certificate. Can I ever give him my last name or get rights of some sort for him? He doesn’t understand why my daughter and wife (not his mom) can have my name... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 21, 2018

You should consult a lawyer. Your situation is complicated by the fact that you aren't married to the mother, but there may be legal options open to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: What are some things I need to know before my first court date?

My children have been in foster care in TN for 2 years now the case is going in front of the appeals court as we speak. I have not seen them since April of last year. DCS is now going for child support I have a 1 year old at home and I'm 34 weeks pregnant I only make 10.80 which comes to 420 a... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 14, 2018

The child support guidelines take into account the amount of money you make and the number of other children in your care. Theoretically, that will leave you enough to care for the other children, but it will be difficult. You should talk to your lawyer to see if they can run the child support... Read more »

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Q: Wanting to adopt my wife's 7yr old child, The father's name is not on the birth certificate.
Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Mar 1, 2018

You will still need to terminate the father's parental rights in order to adopt or he may surrender them voluntarily. You should consult an attorney to help you with the adoption to make sure it is done correctly.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: Son's father routinely goes almost or right at 4 months before next visit. Can rights be terminated?

The father does not care that it hurts our child's feelings and does not have any appropriate reason to wait so long to see him. The court orders say he has the right to visit at least 4 hours every week. No phone calls or messages from him about the well-being of our child, only messages... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Feb 25, 2018

It could be enough to terminate the father's rights, but I would not do so until you are married so that your husband can adopt. You should consult an attorney though to look at all the facts and decide on your best legal options.

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Q: How do I go about getting started with signing rights of my child once it's born over to the father?
Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Feb 13, 2018

You should consult an attorney. If you decide that you want the baby to be raised by the father, then the father can still seek child support from you. He will need to petition the court for custody if you are not married.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: Same sex couple, my gf has a 7 month old whom I’ve been with since birth. Can I adopt him?

The father has never met the baby nor wants him. She became pregnant on a break we took. We’ve been together 3 years

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 30, 2018

You will need to terminate the father's rights or have him voluntarily surrender them. Then, if you are married, you can do a step-parent adoption. You should consult an attorney to help you to make sure this is done the right way.

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Q: If you have child that draws child benefits because you draw but the child gets adopter does he still get to drew

He got adopted by someone does he still get to draw benefits in my name I still have one child at home that draws child benefits because I draw disability

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 29, 2018

You should contact the social security administration. They will be able to tell you.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: I need to terminate rights of a father who hasn't seen,his kids in 7 yrs and $30,000 behind child support. Help me plz

He hasn't seen them or spoke to them in 7 years. They are 12 & 13. And tbey both want my last name. I am married again been with him for 10 years. We have a son. He doesn't pay support and he is $30,000 behind. He refuses to pay. Has never been given or even asked for visitAtion.... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 26, 2018

You should contact an attorney to discuss doing a step-parent adoption. They are very common. Based on these facts, it appears you have grounds to terminate the father's parental rights or he may agree to the adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: Termination of parental rights

Hello, I have a question about terminating parental rights. About 2 years ago I got a divorce in Shelby county. We had a parenting plan and all, well the ex husband has completely abandoned our child. I've remarried and have another child in my home. The dad has bluntly said he won't help... Read more »

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 24, 2018

It sounds like you have grounds to terminate the rights of the father. Step-parent adoptions are very common. You should consult an attorney to help you do the process. It sounds like the father may even want to voluntarily surrender his rights. Best of luck!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: a friend of mine is pregnant and has decided she doesn’t want any the baby , the daddy doesn’t want anything to do with

them she has told me she would let me adopt or do whatever i had to do in order to take this baby from her ...what do i need to do ?

Leonard Robert Grefseng
Leonard Robert Grefseng answered on Jan 24, 2018

This is NOT something you can do on your own, you really need to consult an experienced adoption lawyer immediately. BOTH the mothers' and the fathers' parental rights will have to be terminated, and that can be done voluntarily ( assuming they will cooperate and sign) or it can be done... Read more »

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Q: I have had full custody of two children since October 2010. How do I finally fully adopt?

No contact from parents in like a year both parents are in jail on drug charges

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 24, 2018

It certainly sounds like you have grounds to terminate the parents' rights. You should contact an adoption attorney. They will be able to help you through the process. Best of luck!

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Q: I am 16 and being beaten by my adopted parents and dcs is looking into it, is it illegal for me to run away?

They are threatening to beat me if I tell dcs the truth and they said they will beat the shot ou of me when they leave. I was wondering if I could runaway to my godmothers house.

Marjorie A Bristol
Marjorie A Bristol answered on Jan 21, 2018

You cannot run away. You should tell DCS the truth. You should also tell DCS about your desire to run away. This may get them to get you some help.

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