We are not real family but have known them their whole lives. We had power of attorney papers but in AL are only good for 1yr. The father (who is in jail fighting a case) gave the power of attorney papers and still wants us to make the decisions for the children. We called dhr to ask about one kids... Read more »
Now ex old lady was cheating on me. Bringing the girls (2&1) with her to do so lying saying she was babysitting. When she was really there doing drugs. I’ve got enough on her to get full custody of My daughter easily, but her daughter would end up in the system. Her daughter already had her... Read more »
Birth father has never been apart of my child’s life nor is not on the birth certificate, or pays child support. Has never seen the child but once when we did the dna test. My husband whom has been apart of my child’s life and supported him financially and emotionally for 3 and half years wants... Read more »
No a step parent adoption in the case of a willful relinquishment of custody or proof of abandonment is provided for under Alabama law. What surprises people the most is the fact that the father must be notified, give his consent or have an opportunity to appear in court and contest the...Read more »
My husband has sole custody of his children and she has supervised visits through the county. She has not exercised her rights to see the kids since she lost custody. (Dhr took her to court) She has not seen her children in 1 year and 6 months. She violated her probation a year ago and left the... Read more »
I'd have to know more facts to be able to express an opinion. However, you probably are ripe for a termination of parental rights petition. Call a lawyer in your area and do it now, before she re-establishes contact with the children.
Hello. Sounds like you need to either file an agreed to adoption (if both parents will consent of course) or a Termination of Parental Rights, settle that, then file your adoption. I suggest seeking an attorney in your area to help you through the process. Best of luck!
I was 15 when I had my son out of wedlock. I had my sons last name changed to my maiden name right before he turned 3 ,due to his biological father being absent . We have a dhr child support order , that he pays on and off . Currently hasn't paid since August of 2018. He hasn't seen my... Read more »
The short answer is yes. There appears from what you have said to have been a more than 6 months period during which there has neither been emotional or financial support provided by the father and therefore the child is considered abandoned and can be adopted under Alabama statute by the step...Read more »
She is currently in a juvenile detention center. Her parents thinks she is troublesome and does not want her home, especially if she doesn't want to be there. We have built a bond and I have been her mentor/support and she has made tremendous improvements.
I have a younger foster sister (who is biologically my niece) still with the foster family I was with. If the foster parents are willing to sign my foster sister into my custody is that the best way to go for her to be with me or is it best to try and do a relative adoption? I'm in Gulf shores al
Hello. I would assume your foster parents have temporary custody pending the location of a viable adoption for your niece. DHR is likely involved as well. You would need to contact your neice's DHR caseworker and them s/he he know you want to adopt her. DHR will investigate you and your home...Read more »
Yes. If parental rights have not been terminated the parents can always come back and petition the court for a return of custody. It can be a long and difficult process but it is possible. Grandparents can get rights to visitation under a vary narrow set of circumstances exist and may be...Read more »
A person is a minor until age 19 in Alabama. So it would not be an adult adoption. This sounds like it would be a familial adoption and as long as you and the minor have been living in the same house for 12 months, then you could file for adoption. You would need consent from both biological...Read more »
Could be adoption or guardianship. You should seek out a family law attorney in your area who can discuss your specific situation and give you complete advice on which option is best for you and the child. Best of luck!
Bio dad hasn't spoken to him in 1 year. Even after going to court in May he has made 0 effort to call,or text our son. Visitation has not been set up as our judge is making us go to a parenting class. We are being sent to a child first class, however we were.never married, but he's on the... Read more »
If he has not supported the child with money, contact or anything else for a period of 6 months or more you can attempt to terminate his rights on the ground of abandonment. The fact that you were not married, etc, is not relevant. If he has abandoned the child you can attempt to terminate his...Read more »
She voluntarily gave her rights to us almost 2 years ago. Father is deceased. Before this we had temporary custody for a year. Now she wants to be mom. She is allowed to see him 4 hours a week. She never makes the effort to come. We have to take him. Now she’s threatening us for her rights back.
In a word, no -- unless her parental rights were terminated by an order of the Juvenile Court. In all likelyhood, she gave custody to you. She can go to the appropriate Court and ask for custody of the child
You have no idea what a mess you are about to make. The mother retains her rights to the child. What are you going to do when she decides she wants the child back when he or she is about 2-years old? What if the biological father of the child decides the same thing? Have you ever done an...Read more »
You don't have to terminate to adopt, but it is often the best way to go. You can show in the Probate Court that the parents have abandoned the child. Two years is plenty. DOn't wait any longer. Either file a petition to adopt without the consent of the parents, or file a Petition in...Read more »
I am 24 married with two kids my little brother that is 15 ask my husband and I if we would get custody of him are parents are separated and are mother said she would sign me her rights... but the question is how do I go about getting my dads rights if he won’t let me.?
Adoption and name-changes are two very different things in the eyes of the law. If it's an adoption, then you would need the father to willingly terminate his rights, or file a motion to terminate parental rights. If it is a name change only, then he would also likely need to consent, but it...Read more »
Property was my grandparents,left to my mother,sold in a tax sale for pass due property taxes while in a lengthy probate case on all property of my grandparents and then she passed before claiming the property who now has the rights to claim the property also she had no will and I was adopted by my... Read more »
I am assuming the property is in Alabama. The right to redeem on the property goes to the person who holds a mortgage on the property or to the person who owned the property at the time the tax sale was held. If that person has died, then the right devolves to the person's heirs at law. You...Read more »
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