Q: I have permanent custody of my grandson and would like to adopt him. His therapist suggested adoption due to his emotion
His therapist suggested adoption due to his emotional health when visiting with the father and other grandmother. My daughter has signed her rights away already. What would be the first step towards adoption, he is 7 yrs old.
A: In Arkansas, if the parents of the child go more than one year without a stable relationship with the child OR go one year without paying significant support OR their rights have been removed, you should be able to adopt.
We need to have the documents where the mother lost her rights.
Need to know about the father. There are procedures to locate the father and get his consent. If he will not consent we will notify him of the court date and seek child support. Most fathers sign.
If the father is unknown there are some procedures to prove there is no father. Sometimes people just say the father is unknown. It is better to locate him. If he finds out about the adoption, he or more-likely his parents will attempt to undo the adoption and get the child for himself. It DOES happen. It's always better to notify the father.
The law is on your side though.
Fees are between $3500 and $5500 or so. Contact one of the Arkansas lawyers on this website. You have a great case. Good luck.
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