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Q: Why does our adopted Guatemalan child need a green card?

My wife and I (both born in US) adopted an infant in Guatemala who entered the US with an IR-4 so that we could re-adopt her in the US. We understand this gives her US citizenship. But years later we discovered (while applying for her driver's permit) that her birth certificate was not... Read more »

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Q: TN Adoption Laws, what is a "relative"?

I've had custody/legal guardianship of my ex's son (not mine biologically) for 9 years & he's wanting us (me & my current husband) to officially adopt him. I see that a home study is required but can be waived for relative adoptions. I used to be considered a... Read more »

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Q: Adoption foster questions

We are a foster family and a child that used to be in our care who is 13 is coming up for adoption in Tennessee..the family she is with now wants to adopt her but she doesn't want them to ..she wants us to..does she have a choice ..does she have the option to refuse and do we have the option... Read more »

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Q: How to adopt grand daughter and terminate biological fathers rights

My wife is the custodial parent of our grand daughter after our daughter passed in a car wreck in 2015. The biological father has every other weekend visitation, but she rarely goes. He has not seen or contacted us or her in over a year. Can we get an attorney and get his rights terminated and... Read 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?

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
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?

Cayley Turrin
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Cayley Turrin
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.

Hannah Burdine
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Hannah Burdine
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.

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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... Read 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... Read 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.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
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... Read 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... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
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Kristina M. Bergsten
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,... Read more »

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Q: I am needing to speak with someone about abandonment of a child and contemt of court and maybe even adoption
Paul E. Tennison
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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.

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
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... Read 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... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
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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.... Read 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.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Tennessee on
Q: I have a custody case in TN but I reside in FL, do I need to attain a TN lawyer ?

The children were taken to TN supoosed to be temporary for their fathers funeral but their older brother from a previous relationship from their father, is trying to keep them and get full custody . I signed a custody agreement that the grandfather made himself and had notarize that they will be... Read more »

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
answered on Mar 12, 2020

You need to hire an experienced family law attorney from around Nashville. There are several issues presented in your question that you most likely cannot address without legal representation. I suspect a dependency and neglect petition has been filed against you. The burden of proof is high,... Read more »

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Q: What todo if a father voluntarily terminated his rights for a stepparent adoption the mother asked for never happen?

If a father voluntarily terminated his rights after being asked by the mother claiming her current husband is wanting todo a step parent adoption then she never does the adoption then the father is left to pay child support is there away to Address the child support court with this matter to stop... Read more »

Johnny Quitman Rasberry
Johnny Quitman Rasberry
answered on Feb 21, 2020

I gather from your question that you were asked to sign over your parental rights for a prospective stepparent adoption and termination of parental rights case. It is not the mother who files the petition, but the stepparent. If the petition was never filed and granted, then you are still on the... Read more »

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Q: Can my husband adopt my child without contacting her biological dad he has never seen her nor does he want to

My 11 year olds biological farther signed a paper when I was 5 months pregnant with her that stated he did not want any prenatal rights my now husband wants to adopt her do I have to contact her farther in order for this to happen he has never seen her nor does he want to

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
answered on Oct 14, 2019

You should consult with a local adoption attorney to discuss your rights and responsibilities. The biological father will need to be served with papers if his parental rights haven't already been terminated for some reason.

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Q: Can the stepmom of my children adopt my children without serving me papers. Or can lies being told make it happen???

It is a complex case and I am looking for a lawyer that cares and will fight this case like it is their own children. I need a good lawyer!!!

Anthony M. Avery
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Anthony M. Avery
answered on Aug 30, 2019

Apparently your parental rights were terminated. You may be able to set aside that and the adoption, but it sounds like it might be too late. Possibly you were denied due process notice. Hire a competent attorney to find out what happened first, then decide what to do.

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