Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: My husband is adopting my children, bio father deceased. He did the 3 background checks. Do I have to do them as well?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Apr 19, 2019
Kathryn Hilbush's answer
If you're referring to the state police checks, no, because you're not the one adopting the children. Your husband, their stepfather, is.

Q: My grandson has been placed in kinship care in Arizona through DCS. Can we apply to adopt him before my daughter's right

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 15, 2019
Mike Branum's answer
My first question would be: "Have you spoken with DCS about your desire to adopt the child?" If you are offering to provide a safe, stable home for your grandson DCS may be interested in assisting you in reaching your goal. From there I would have a lot of other questions that would allow me to provide more specific assistance but, lacking any further information, my initial advice would be to obtain an appointment with whomever is managing your grandsons' case for DCS, sit down, and discuss...

Q: Can parents get there rights back if they were severed in arizona

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Answered on Apr 15, 2019
Mike Branum's answer
Anything CAN happen but termination of parental rights is not an action the court takes without substantial justification. If you are merely talking about visitation rights the matter is less complicated. Unfortunately it is still far too complicated to tackle using Justia Ask-a-Lawyer. If you are serious about regaining custodial rights you need to speak with a reputable Arizona attorney specializing in family law.

I wish you luck.

Q: I want to legal custody of my grandson and my daughters unborn child she currently lives with me but always leaves her

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 14, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
This can be done--but not here online. Contact a family lawyer in your area.

Q: Can I adopt my fiancés daughter in the state of Pa? And how hard will it be to do so? Any advice on how to get started?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Pennsylvania on
Answered on Apr 12, 2019
Cary B. Hall's answer
Yes -- but you'll have to file a petition to involuntarily terminate birth mother's parental rights at the same time. If birth mother hasn't had any contact at all with the child within the past 6 months, your fiance will have grounds to terminate birth mother's parental rights.

Contact your county's Orphans' Court section -- they may have sample forms for filing both a petition to terminate and for adoption. Best of luck to you.

Q: How do I begin the process of terminating parental rights? We have not heard from my childs father in 6 months?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 11, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
If you and your spouse have been married for over 6 months, your spouse can file to adopt the child at this time. This would terminate the father's rights. This is a relatively inexpensive process, compared to a private adoption. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and costs involved.

Q: Will the OAG force an absent bio father to pay child support of he gives up his rights and the child is then adopted?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Apr 5, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
The past child support and health support may still be owing to the state.

Q: What rights may i have being a legal guardian to a minor over a blood relative that is unfit to care for her? Can i adop

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 4, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
The issue of the grandmother's fitness to care for her grandchild is not yours to decide. Under normal circumstances any blood relative has some level of priority over any and all non-related guardians. The status of your guardianship can be determined by knowing the kind of guardianship it is and knowing under what authority it was granted.

Q: My girlfriend wants me to adopt her son from a different country

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Denise Martinez-Scanziani's answer
If the child is not a citizen of the US, the laws governing international adoption will likely apply even if the child is present in the US. The child's nationality will also have an impact on whether this adoption is even possible. You first want to speak with an immigration attorney.

Q: Where can i get free or low cost legal help to adopt twin 3 year old boys at Texas CPS. They are ready for adoption .

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Douglas Lee Bryan's answer
Are you looking to adopt them in Louisiana? If so, I'm not sure what free resources, if any, are available. I would be happy to speak with you and discuss your case and the potential fees and and expenses; feel free to give me a call.

Q: Homestudy done in TX, move to MO due to military, will I just update my homestudy to do private adoption in MO?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer
Texas probably has exclusive jurisdiction to handle the adoption if the suit has already been instituted. Consult with your attorney about your move and its ramifications.

Q: My fiancé’s kids’ father moved out of state and has not contacted them in months. Is this considered abondonment

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Missouri on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Lydia Seifner's answer
You and the children's mother will need to be married for six months before you can seek adoption. After that, talk to an adoption attorney local to you to assist you.

Q: Can a child go with aunt and uncle if one of them is illegal

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 3, 2019
Ellaretha Coleman's answer
Go with them where? Unfortunately, your question does not provide sufficient information for us to provide an answer.

Q: What do I have to do for my Father to legally adopt me?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Michigan on
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
Brent T. Geers' answer
I am confused by your question. If the man you consider to be your father is on your birth certificate, I don't think an adoption is possible or even what you're after. The adoption process is, very simplistically, a means to name a legal father. In the eyes of the law, that man is already your legal father. Even if an adoption is possible, of course, it cannot change who your biological father might be.

Q: Ok did adoption in Michigan n the adopt parents kept babies name with my last name. .

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Michigan on
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
Brent T. Geers' answer
Likely not. Once the adopt is finalized, the adoptive parents have all the same rights (and responsibilities) that any parent has - including the right to petition a court to change a child's name.

Q: I became pregnant through sexual assault, can I have the fathers parental rights terminated? Where do I terminate?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Utah on
Answered on Apr 2, 2019
Jason F. Barnes' answer
What you are asking is highly complex and the correct answer is fact dependent. Please have your sister contact our office so we can discuss the same. Phone #801-546-3874.

Q: If a mother did not complete anything asked and judge issued no contact order, how hard would terminating rights be

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 1, 2019
Anthony Marvin Avery's answer
Terminating a Parent's Rights is always difficult. The Couple can file a Petition for Adoption which must be served on the Mother as it is attempting to terminate her rights. The Couple must also be fit and proper Parents as they will be scrutinized also by various Parties, Agencies, etc. If successful, the Father will no longer receive Child Support.

Q: Can I adopt my niece who is the age of 35 years old ?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Answered on Mar 31, 2019
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
Yes if she wants to be adopted hire an adoption attorney.

Q: Can we be sued?

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Criminal Law, Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Minnesota on
Answered on Mar 30, 2019
Bruce Alexander Minnick's answer
Sure; in America anyone can sue anybody for anything at any time (even without a lawyer in small claims court). Winning the lawsuit is another matter. Save all your receipts, text messages, emails and all other documents.

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