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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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