Q: Is it possible to have a restaining order on bio mom even though we are in the middle of the adoption?
I'm in the middle of adopting my 2 step kids (ages 8 and 7) who were horribly abused by their stepfather and mother. The mother has already lost her youngest through adoption because of the abuse. However, the kids mother has a horrible rage that she will literally go after people and has done so many times in the past, regardless if it puts the children in danger or not. She has also made numerous threats towards our family. Is it possible to have a restaining order on her even though we are in the middle of the adoption? If not do the kids have to come to court with us? How many court dates roughly are there in a contested stepparent adoption? I'm just trying to get as much information as I can to keep these 2 little ones safe. They have already been through so much and are completely terrified of their mother.
A: I see no problem, generally, with requesting such a restraining order. You may need to hire a lawyer as the issues may be too complex for you. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.