Adoption Questions & Answers by State

Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: I have been in a divorce for 6 years. MY ex refuses to finalize because he wants to get Child support as low as possible

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on May 29, 2017

It is very unusual for a divorce to take as long as 6 years. You may need to check to see if your case is still open. If it is, you will have to request a final hearing. If not, then you will have to start over. No one will be able to give you specific advice until they have reviewed your paperwork and the court's file.
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Q: My cousin is a felon and avid drug user. How can I get custody of her unborn child?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Michigan on
Answered on May 28, 2017
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Q: Can a brother and a sister jointly adopt a child or do you have to be a couple/married?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Answered on May 26, 2017

Single person or married couple.
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Q: dont have my right to my child bc was force to give him up my cousin adopted him there a way I could get joint custody

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Answered on May 24, 2017

When the Adoption was sought by your cousin, you should have appeared before a JUDGE, not a notary to sign paperwork to give up rights to your child. The judge was required to ask you a lot of questions to determine if you were doing so "freely and voluntarily". It this happened, you now have no rights to see the child, or have visitation, unless that was a part of the Decree of Adoption.

If you didn't appear before a judge, and someway you were really "forced" to consent, you should...
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Q: What needs to be done to adopt a child?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Answered on May 24, 2017

You need an attorney to petition the court for adoption and for termination of his parental rights.
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Q: I paid a lawyer, got divorced. At court she wanted to terminate my rights of children, I adopted. Do I have to pay more

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Divorce and Family Law for Arkansas on
Answered on May 23, 2017

You need to contact your lawyer. She is most likely in contempt to not signing over the land, but the kids are a separate issue.
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Q: Never served for guardianship. Mom has it on my son now. What were the reasons.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Arizona on
Answered on May 21, 2017

You will need to get a copy of whatever paperwork exists regarding your child. No one can give you any advice until they know what is going on. You should obtain the paperwork, either from your mother, or from the courts, then consult with an attorney.
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Q: My question regards the rights of marital couple and newborn son, but the husband is not biological father and did not

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Answered on May 18, 2017

The law assumes a child conceived during the marriage belongs to the husband. However this presumption/assumption is not absolute and it can be overcome. DNA testing can establish who the real father actually is. I suspect the Judge will require testing be done before the divorce gets approved.
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Q: What happens if the biological doesn't want to sign the consent just giving a hard time , what can my wife do to proceed

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for New York on
Answered on May 15, 2017

To adopt a child, you need to either terminate the parental rights of the relevant parents with sufficient legal/ factual basis, or have the consent of the biological parents. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY,...
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Q: How do I go about obtaining paperwork on a adoption? As well as a copy of the custody, child support agreement?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on May 15, 2017

Contact a local family law attorney who can help you sort through this. The attorney can tell you what you will need to do to stop child support if your husband's rights were, in fact, terminated. If there was an adoption, there would have had to be a termination as well. The records may be sealed, but you attorney can help you get the documentation you need for the Attorney General.
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Q: I was adopted as an infant by my biological mothers parents / my grandparents, the question i have is:

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on May 15, 2017

Probably not. An adoption, when done correctly, requires that the parental rights of the biological parents be terminated ( and that also terminates the duty to pay child support). If you were adopted, then most likely the rights of your father were terminated at that time, and there is no requirement that he sign or agree - termination can occur without an agreement.
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Q: How do i proceed with stepparent adoption?

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Illinois on
Answered on May 13, 2017

Hire a family law attorney in your county.
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Q: Can my stepdaughter birth mom take her away from my husband and I?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Illinois on
Answered on May 13, 2017

She is not the 'birth mom.' Until her parental rights are terminated, which they have not been, she is the MOTHER. If u chose to file an adoption proceeding and win, her parental rights wiuld be terminated. Then she would be the 'birth mom.' If u want to adopt her, u should do it NOW, not wait until after u r taken to court. Until her rights are terminated, she is legally entitled to visitation. She could only have a good custody case if there was something like abuse in your home. A 9...
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Q: If i have been absent from my children for 6 year do to incarceration can i get visitation rights

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for California on
Answered on May 10, 2017

Although you have been absent for six years due to incarceration, you may be able to obtain visitation. However, there will be many steps in obtaining visitation, such as reunification therapy. Answering this question requires an analysis that goes beyond this post. More facts are required to provide a thorough analysis. Contact a local family law attorney for a consultation.
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Q: Hi my friend from El Salvador is trying to get a work visa or a work permit for the us what does he need

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Adoption and Immigration Law for Texas on
Answered on May 9, 2017

Make an appointment to visit an immigration lawyer and discuss this matter in private rather than on the internet... especially in this current political climate.
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Q: I need advice to help an abused teen

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Elder Law, Family Law and Juvenile Law for Ohio on
Answered on May 9, 2017

Nobody is going to take her to jail. What firsthand knowledge do you have of her abuse? Did you witness it? Can't you go to CPS with her to file the report? Have church, family, and school already tried that? Does she have siblings that also are abused or can go with her to CPS with you to support her statements? CPS has to take the lead. That is where a solution must start. Perhaps you could obtain temporary custody. Use the Find a Lawyer tab and talk to a local family law attorney.
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Q: Could my friend's 14 year old daughter live with me if the father consents and the mother is deceased?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for New York on
Answered on May 8, 2017

The answer is a YES; unless you receive something called a petition in the mail ( certified mail return receipt requested & someone has to personally attest to serve… I would recommend "nail anx mail (we can discuss that) --- Anyway, off the top of my overworked head ...

Potential issues below:

In the absence of multiple indicated CPS reports The COURT has no evidence to show "special circumstances...potentially endangering the child"... you are you would be coming through...
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Q: How do I gain custody of a younger sibling, if he/she is living in a group home?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Answered on May 6, 2017

You can file for guardianship. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce & Child Custody, and Education Law. This answer does not...
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Q: After adoption is complete, regarding a CPS removal. My mom has my son's and child services are asking me to sign papers

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Patents for California on
Answered on May 5, 2017

Were your parental rights terminated? If so, you may be able to re-establish them in time by applying for that in court. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AEesq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business &...
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Q: My daughter was taken from me when she was six she is now 18 how can I contact her

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Colorado on
Answered on May 3, 2017

You can try an internet search or hiring a PI. If your parental rights were terminated, you will not likely be able to request the information from the state.
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