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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Immigration Law for Tennessee on
Q: can you adopt an American child, if your on a conditional green card status?

It's a conditional green card from a citizenship by investment application.

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answered on May 24, 2024

Yes, you can adopt an American child while on a conditional green card status. Your immigration status does not prevent you from adopting a child in the United States. However, you will need to meet all the state-specific requirements for adoption, which can vary significantly.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Arbitration / Mediation Law, Banking and Business Formation for Tennessee on
Q: Any charge I may have or any of my close family record clear

I have a friend that’s not guilty and she didn’t have any court knowledge with a public defender in murder case that was self defense her name is Monhogani Plummer she’s in Newport At please get her case appealed

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answered on Apr 30, 2024

What is your question? If no conviction yet, she needs to hire a real attorney.

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Q: Identified Adoption fees for TN?

We have a friends friend who is pregnant wanting to give up the baby for adoption but wants to avoid agencies and major hoops. She settled on an identified adoption and we are interested but curious on what legal paperwork and fees would still be involved. She is due in August and wants this... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: Hi how do I as a 31 year old get adopted by new parents? My biological ones don't want me they made that clear.

They are also trying to take my son through the court

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answered on Jan 29, 2024

New parents need an attorney to put together an adult adoption. It is not simple as real parents must have their rights terminated if not agreed to. Your son is a separate custody matter.

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Q: Can a birth mother put the child up for adoption without the fathers consent?he is on the birth certificate.
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answered on Sep 15, 2023

In Tennessee, whether a birth mother can place a child up for adoption without the father's consent depends on various factors. If the father's name is on the birth certificate and he has acknowledged paternity, his consent is typically required for the adoption. However, exceptions... View More

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Q: can a new husband adopt my daughter if she does not have a father on the birth certificate?

Biological father lives in a different state and has made little to no effort to contact or see her. There was never a paternity test and for the entire pregnancy he denied being the father until she looked identical to him. He does not pay child support, however his mother occasionally sends... View More

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answered on Aug 14, 2023

The Father's rights will have to be terminated for Husband to adopt.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Q: Pro Bono Needed Please!!!!!!

I have recently been through heck and back since February of this year, My mom passed March 13th 2023 also, but my child’s father has not seen or talked to my daughter for 7 or so months, we have a court order for child support since 2017 . The last payment received was 12/12/22. When they try to... View More

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answered on May 30, 2023

Go to the local Child Support Office and take all your court orders about your child with you. They may be able to help you. If that does not work out, contact Legal Aid. You may be able to get a pro bono lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: I had 2 different children by 2 different men. Neither man is on the Birth Certificate. They haven’t been involved in

9 & 11 years can my husband adopt them?

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answered on Mar 21, 2023

Great news! If you've been married for over six months, your husband has the opportunity to adopt your children. Although the biological fathers are entitled to notice, a skilled and creative attorney can assist in securing their consent, making the process smooth and stress-free. The judge... View More

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Q: Where do I get the forms to file for adoption for a stepparent?

The person that is listed on the birth certificate has not been in her life for 6 years, no contact, no child support nothing. How do I go ahead and file this?

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answered on Jun 7, 2022

Adoptions are usually complicated. You will need to hire a competent attorney and have all the contact information for all interested parties. Your case probably involves termination of parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can a bondsman from another state legally apperhen a person on bond who missed court for a misdemeanor drug charge

The bondsman has came to cols on several occasions to arrest me. I tried to reschedule and they would not let me at that time. What should I do?

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answered on Apr 11, 2022

Yes they are allowed to and I would turn yourself in as quickly as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: How do I get guardianship or custody awarded to me of a non biological child?

His mom goes months without talking to him. He is 2yrs old and a type 1 diabetic. I take care of him 98% of the time.

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answered on Dec 9, 2021

Hi, if the biological parents of the child have left the child with you for an extended period of time, you can petition the court for emergency protective custody on the basis that the child is dependent and neglected.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: The judge took my rights from me n my ex husband giving up his rights and his wife wants to adopt my son n he's 16 year

His wife wants to adopt my son he's 16 year old n she's saying I can go to jail for abandonment n other charges if I don't sign the adoption papers

Denania Galloway
Denania Galloway
answered on Aug 15, 2021

If the judge took your rights from you via a Termination of Parental Rights proceeding, there is no need for you to sign any adoption paperwork. You are no longer the parent when the judge takes your rights away.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Q: What legal rights does a father, who is not named on the birth certificate, have?

I am the maternal grandmother of two boys. I gained custody in 12/2016 due to drug problems. Father has been in and out of jail for several years. Mother recently completed rehab and has legal issues due to drugs. I have not let the father have contact due to all the issues he has had in the... View More

Denania Galloway
Denania Galloway
answered on Jul 15, 2021

Usually it takes a home study if non-relative adoption. In this case, you may be able to ask the court for an adoption and waive the home study. If both biological parents do not agree to the adoption, then you will have to do a termination of parental rights along with the adoption. There are... View More

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Q: My deceased mother was adopted and issued an amended birth certificate. Can I obtain access to her original certificate?

I would like to know for genealogy purposes.

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answered on Nov 4, 2020

There are Statutes involving the unsealing of sealed records. It will take a Chancery Suit. I doubt you will want to go to such expense and trouble in this case, and it might be denied.

1 Answer | Asked in Libel & Slander, Personal Injury, Sexual Harassment and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: if I signed something while under the influence of something &also having a mental disability & didn't understand

i was lied to about everything from the beginning! first medical purposes only then I got a letter in the mail saying that I owed child support weeks and weeks later when the ones helping me with the child told me the reason they were offering me their help was because they could afford it and they... View More

Mr. James Charles Wright
Mr. James Charles Wright
answered on Oct 29, 2020

The law presumes people understand and read what they signed. Otherwise it would be really hard to enforce contracts. All someone would have to say is "I didn't understand" or "I didn't read."

On the other hand if you have a mental disability that would...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can I legally own a dog if someone else’s name is on a vet record?

Around the end of May, my boyfriend’s sister brought a dog to live with us. We said the dog could stay for 2-3 days, but she told us it would be until she moves out without even asking us. She has only paid for 1 vet visit (that I paid part of) and the very beginning essentials. Since then, she... View More

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answered on Jul 20, 2020

Vet records usually are not considered ownership documents in and of themselves. Purchase or adoption paperwork are #1; microchip or registration records are usually #2; then vet records at looked at. So, it's hard to answer your question. That said, since you know she is the original owner,... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I am needing to speak with someone about abandonment of a child and contemt of court and maybe even adoption
Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison
answered on Jun 15, 2020

There are many ways to find an attorney. Justia has a find a lawyer feature at the top of each page. Additionally you could try Google or other online lawyer listings. Good luck.

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Q: I would like to adopt my stepchild Courtney. She is 29 years old and lives in Colorado. How do I go about starting this?

I was married to her mother and divorced her in 1998. I live in Georgia and would like to legally adopt her.

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answered on May 11, 2020

You need a competent Georgia Attorney to file the Adoption Suit. Your prospective Daughter should come to Georgia for the Hearing. Since she is an Adult, there is really no possible way to contest it if she wants that. I recommend Georgia because when you die, the place you die at will control... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Tennessee on
Q: Animal rescue is rescinding an adoption contract

An animal rescue is trying to rescind an adoption and obtain a warrant to take back my puppy stating I am hoarding animals due to a dog fight on my property (5 cats & 5 dogs). I got rid of the vicious dog (foster - 6th dog) and the puppy was nowhere near the fight; kept apart from all others on... View More

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison
answered on May 4, 2020

I recommend you consult with an attorney. In general, anyone that has a contract in Tennessee could sue the other party for breach of contract allegations. Whether there was in fact a breach is a question of fact that would be determined by the Jury (if a jury trial) if the case proceeds to trial.... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: How does an unmarried father reinstate parental rights when baby was placed for adoption in Tennessee?

A termination of parental rights was signed thru an agency before baby was born, upon realizing the child was his he has changed his mind and wants to father the child. He was not present when the birth certificate was signed. Mother can still revoke decision until 23rd but would rather not

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
answered on Mar 20, 2020

He needs to register with the putative father registry. Information can be found at

https://www.tn.gov/dcs/program-areas/foster-care-and-adoption/fca/adoption-records/alleged-putative-fathers.html

He also needs to retain a seasoned local family law attorney, like yesterday.

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