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0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Please help my rights were wrongfully terminated due to covid-19 and not being able to complete Services

And I had just completed services but in the county next to this one! My daughter's aunt on her father's side is the reason CPS got involved she called them in order to gain custody of my child and that's exactly what just happened! I need to prove that this woman only did this to... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Civil Rights for California on
Q: Is there anything I can do to get my kids back? Ages 6 son 5. Both want to be back in my care. TPR And we’re adopted

I have a lot of issues with how my CPS case was handled. I feel like of my rights were violated.

(I was also a foster kids in this county until I was 18) didn’t have a warrant and threatened me to give them my kids or they would come in the middle of the night with a bunch of cops They... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for California on
Q: My husband in the process of a step parent adoption. But two months ago, he was arrested for DV. The case is still pendi

I’m sorry it wouldn’t let me write more above. He was arrested for DV back in July in Las Vegas. 1st count misdemeanor, but hasn’t been convicted yet. His attorney seems to think he can dismiss it since the situation was minor. We are wondering if we should continue the adoption case until... Read more »

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 21, 2022

That's not likely going to help things. Because more information is needed, he'll need to speak with an attorney. Find one in your area. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client relationship. You should... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for California on
Q: What do I need to do to adopt her daughter.

I married my wife and we have been together for 5 years. We have a child together, and I want to adopt her daughter. She is 7 years old and I have been there everyday for the past 5 years. What is the process. I live out in San Bernardino County. In the city Hesperia.

James R. Dickinson
James R. Dickinson
answered on Sep 18, 2022

Certain requirements must be met for so-called "step-parent" adoption [more information is needed [don't share it here]]. Speak with a local attorney. [I litigate cases. Anything posted here must not be construed as legal advice, nor as grounds for forming an attorney-client... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Criminal Law and Family Law for California on
Q: I was convicted on a criminal charge and taken to family court and my kids was taken under that same charge the next da

Next day and then had my kids removed under that same charge is t that double jeporady cause the criminal case dropped to a misdemeanor? Right

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 24, 2022

DOUBLE JEOPARDY REFERS TO BEING TRIED/PROSECUTED ON THE SAME CHARGES/FACTS AGAIN.

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD ISSUES WITH THE CRIMINAL COURT AND NOW FAMILY LAW COURT.

NOT BEING A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY, I CAN'T ADDRESS ALL YOUR ISSUES.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights, Federal Crimes and Juvenile Law for California on
Q: My daughter was fraudulently freed for adoption and thus fraudulently adopted. What can I do to recover her?
Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Feb 22, 2022

There is a whole lot of information missing. You need to start at the beginning and tell your whole story if you want to get any reasonable response. It must be a long and complicated story, but if you want help you'll need to tell it.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Q: How can my husband adopt my son, his stepson.

My son is 14, he has never met his biological father and has no father listed on his birth certificate. My son and my husband want this adoption. My son wants to change his last name to our last name.

Eliza Jasinska
Eliza Jasinska
answered on Feb 12, 2022

It is a fairly simple process. Custodial parent and stepparent will fill out court forms, there will adoption investigation, consents must be obtained. The court will schedule a hearing. You will get a copy of the adoption order from the court, and the amended birth certificate will be mailed to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Q: I lost custody of my 16-year-old grandson when he was about eight years old. He was adopted by his grandfather's sister

She treats him like a slave. He doesn't want to live there anymore but she legally adopted him. Can he leave and come stay with me. Can I be charged for harbor ing a runaway? I am no longer his adopted mother but I am his maternal grandmother although my parental rights were terminated in... Read more »

Rhonda Mae Hixon
Rhonda Mae Hixon
answered on Jun 7, 2021

You could be charged with a misdemeanor if you help him remain "missing" from his legal guardian. (272 P.C.) However, he could apply to the court for a declaration of Emancipation and be able to make his own decisions about where to live. He should have a work permit, and legal... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Q: I have a family law lawyer who isn't doing his job I'm looking for a new one. How do I go bout that

My case is all over the place. The son I thought was mine isn't but I've been trying to get full custody of him because his mom is in prison ive had him since a baby she's never really been in his life and his biological father signed his rights over while incarcerated now his out... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 29, 2021

MORE INFO NEEDED.

THE FIRST QUESTION IS WHETHER YOU CAN AFFORD A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY.

IF SO GOOGLE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY IN YOUR AREA AND MAKE AN APPOINTMENT.

THE LAWYER MAY BE DOING THINGS RIGHTS BUT YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My ex wont give me back my 3 dogs . We live together for 9 yrs he has restraining order against me wont give them back

We live together for almost 10 yrs. We had 5 dogs 1 of them he will pay for all the vet ect expenses but i use to feed and pay for everything on 3 of them now they have 9 yrs 8 yrs and 6 yrs i was always taking care of them . They were my emocional support dogs i need them ... he put a... Read more »

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Mar 23, 2021

YOU NEED TO SET UP A CONSULTATION WITH A FAMILY LAW ATTY ASAP..........OR CONSIDER SMALL CLAIMS???

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights, Constitutional Law and Domestic Violence for California on
Q: My parental rights were removed because of housing issues and one dirty test fast forward four years my children are

Still in foster care not being adopted my son in a group home suicidal my daughter attempted suicide its in my my greatest concern but belief that they have sustained more damage and trauma in foster care unstability and now seperation than ever with me my kids want to come home they have been in... Read more »

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi
answered on Dec 5, 2020

You should reach out to a lawyer who is a certified specialist in family law in or near Orange County to get the help you need to be reunited with your children. Four years, however, is a long time for you to have waited to do this, so be prepared to explain why, if you have not tried getting your... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: I adopted a dog from a personal rescuer. The dog gave birth to babies. What's the ownership of these babies?

We signed a contract when I adopted the dog. The contract only mentioned that I cannot transfer ownership of the dog. The dog was pregnant before I adopted her and then she gave birth to the babies one month after I signed the contract. I have taken care of them. Now the rescuer insists that the... Read more »

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Dec 3, 2020

What does the contract say about puppies? If it doesn't say anything, then you probably own them. Ask her to specify the exact provision in the contract that has been breached.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for California on
Q: My dog was stolen and it got out from the person who had it now it's the pound I went to claim my dog and now there are

Now there charging me$75 to adopt my dog

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Nov 10, 2020

Well, you could retain an attorney to assist you for 20 times that amount. Pay it and sue the person that took it for property damages and loss of use. Small Claims.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Municipal Law for California on
Q: My outdoor cat was feral, then I tamed him. He isn't registered. I need to take him to the vet. Will he be impounded?

Will I be fined? Also, do vets care if pets are not registered? Do they offer pet registration services? I couldn't find anything on these in my city (Fremont)'s ordinances or regulations, so please let me know what the city law would say about this.

William John Light
William John Light
answered on Jul 27, 2020

Whether vets report unregistered pets isn't a legal question. Call the vet and ask. I've never heard of that happening, but I don't know the practices of every veterinarian.

Fremont requires a license for every dog or cat that is owned, maintained or boarded that is over...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for California on
Q: Are there any laws or family codes that regard a parent who has had violent offenses?

Proving a parent is unfit based on past of criminal violence and domestic violence.

Shawna Murray
Shawna Murray
answered on Jul 22, 2020

Yes, there are many Family Law codes regarding domestic violence. When making a child custody decision, the judge must look at the "best interests of the child." Family Code 3011 requires that a history of family violence be taken into consideration by the judge. In addition, the court... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for California on
Q: We adopted 2 grandchildren years ago but didn’t change their last name. Now want it done. What are the steps & costs?
Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II
answered on Jul 19, 2020

You have to file a Petition for name change in the Superior Court. There are forms available. Search the Court's website.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Q: Vet adopted out my service dog without my consent or knowledge. How do I get her back?

Abracadabra aka Abby is my whole world, my furbaby, my Service Dog! I left her with a friend (sitter) for a few hours and in that time she got out and was part of a hit and run. I took her to the vet, told them she is my world, gave them 2 email addresses since I had just lost my phone and said I... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
answered on Jul 13, 2020

There's not enough information here, but if the vet thought you abandoned your dog, they can give your dog to a shelter.

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for California on
Q: Can a bio parent give their 50% custody to a step parent?

Bio parents have 50/50. One parent is an immigrant and the other is threatening to have him deported. Can one bio parent give his 50% custody to a step parent (spouse)?

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington
answered on Jul 7, 2020

No

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for California on
Q: What is involved in court ordered reunificatiin
Chris M. Bradford
Chris M. Bradford
answered on Jun 18, 2020

This is what the California Court system has to say about reunification in Juvenile Dependency Court:

You can find this at this link:

https://www.courts.ca.gov/1205.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en

Scroll down the page.

"With certain exceptions, the court must offer you...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: Can a judge grant child custody and visitation to a man who has never seen my child due to restraining order?

I had a child with a man who wanted to kill me and the child while I was pregnant. The child is 8yrs old and the man has never seen him due to restraining order from me and my child. The restraining order ended in 2017 and I never bothered to renew it because I moved and thought I won’t deal with... Read more »

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington
answered on Jun 9, 2020

Couple of things, first, do not send anyone to court for you other than a lawyer. A layman cannot represent your interests. Second, you need to sit down with a professional that handles family law cases in the court where the case is filed. Third, if you have not already done so you need to get... Read more »

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