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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oklahoma on

Q: Can a mother move out of state with her child if father is not on birth certificate?

I want to move from Oklahoma to Oregon with my child. Father is not on birth certificate and was not present for birth. The grandmother is telling me I can't legally move out of the state. Is this true?

Lindsey Willis Andrews answered on Jul 25, 2018

You need to meet with an attorney to discuss whether or not a paternity action needs to be filed.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on

Q: Is there a way to become a legal guardian of my stepdaughter? We haven’t heard from her mother in like 7 years.

No child support has been paid or phones calls or any trying on her part. My husband (her father) has full custody. Is there a way for me to become a legal guardian? She is 16. I want to eventually adopt her. Just not in a place to be able to do that right now.

Lindsey Willis Andrews answered on Jul 25, 2018

The best answer is to consult with an attorney regarding current guardianship laws and what is an appropriate filing in this circumstance.

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