Q: Hello. I am wondering if we the petitioner can request a public notice to be placed regarding a court date.
The respondent does have an attorney but we didn't want to get to the court hearing day of and the respondents attorney ask for another continuance because she can't locate her client. We have guardianship of our two nieces for 21 months and filed for adoption in September. Court date for adoption without consent was set for Oct 25th but there was a continuance because biomom went into rehab on Oct 31st and got out mid December. We haven't heard from her and she hasn't seen her kids. The new court date is in February. She has a lawyer but we wanted to do a public notification regarding this date. We are trying to avoid the lawyer saying she can't locate her client and ask for another continuance day of. Can we request it to be published or is that out of our control since she has a lawyer?
Rachael in Oklahoma.
A: You would have to give the attorney notice of the hearing. It is very easy to mess up an adoption, so much so that most attorneys will not even attempt an adoption case. You really should have an attorney that really knows adoptions to help you and they will be able to deal with notice issues.
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