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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Criminal Law, Family Law and Health Care Law on
Q: Can I sue a father who left the child to her caretaker without proper medical care that may cause of death of a baby?

The baby is a premature and he let the child leave with her caretaker in an area where it was too far to have a direct assistance of medical treatment. Can I file a case against the father being as a aunt of the child?

Gary Kollin
Gary Kollin answered on Oct 15, 2019

You have no standing. Second, there are no damages as the child was not harmed

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Utah on
Q: On a private adoption in Utah, can I accomplish this without a lawyer? I just cannot simply afford one.

Background. We met a couple back in 2012 and the woman was about 6 months pregnant. The couple was not ready to start a family. They were married (since divorced). Anyway they asked us to adopt the unborn child. We were advised by Hill Afb legal to get a written statement from the couple giving up... Read more »

Jason F. Barnes
Jason F. Barnes answered on Oct 14, 2019

You are welcome to contact our office and we can discuss this further. 801-546-3874.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Tennessee on
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.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: How can I get my Emotional Support Animal back?

I was released from jail after serving two months for a warrant out of San Francisco county. Animal Care and Control released my do to a rescue shelter but they won't tell me where exactly she is located. What can I do in order to get her back home?

William John Light
William John Light answered on Oct 13, 2019

You can't. Your dog is gone. You should have arranged for someone to take care of her while you were in jail.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Florida on
Q: What can I do?

I have been trying to get custody of my 2 year old niece since July 2019, I have done everything as far as background check, home inspection, drug test and weekly visits. Even though I am her paternal aunt the judge will not grant the motion for her to be moved out of foster care and placed into my... Read more »

Rand Scott Lieber
Rand Scott Lieber answered on Oct 11, 2019

It sounds like you need to consult with and/or hire a lawyer where you live who specializes in this area of the law.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: We live in Kentucky. We have had my husband son since he was 1 and a half. He’s 3 now. Could I file to adopt him?

The bio mom sees him 12 hours a week. He is always returning with head lice and we found a bedbug on him. Previously he has returned with bedbug bits also. I’d like to adopt him and terminate her rights fully. She has a previous child that she threatened to throw over a balcony because her ex was... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Oct 5, 2019

Yes. You can file to adopt him.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Texas on
Q: How do I go about this process?

My sister is pregnant and due in about 2 weeks she does not want the baby and is willing to sign over all her rights to me she does not know who the dad of the baby is how would I go about getting custody of the baby so I can take it home from the hospital when it is born?

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Sep 27, 2019

Honestly it’s too involved of a process to describe quickly here.

Conservatorship, Adoption and Termination are described in Chapters 153, 160 and 161.

You DEFINITELY need a lawyer. Doing this wrong could result in criminal prosecution and severe penalties. I can help you or...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: My sister in law was on drugs and dhs took the baby. Now my sister in law is clean, but her boyfriend isnt. She is

Clean 100% and she passed her tests. Also she is pregnant.. horrible situation turned worse. We want to help her and she is coming to live with us. Us being my husband and i, he is her brother.. She is due next month. Dhs wants to take this baby too... because her boyfriend is still on durgs. But... Read more »

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Sep 26, 2019

DHS is a funny agency in that it sometimes all depends not the case worker you have. There is a big difference between having your child removed based on a deprived action and having your parental rights terminated. If she is working a plan after a deprived adjudication or waiver, then it makes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My husband and I have sole custody of his niece for 2 years. She has lived with us for almost 6yrs. No father listed.

The mother is in and out of jail and on and off drugs. She has left her and her sister alone all night at very young ages. She will at times go months without contact and has never supported her as long as we have had her. What do we have to do to adopt her.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 26, 2019

Hire an adoption attorney and if she hasn't seen her daughter for 6 months, it should go smoothly.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: Can i adopt my girlfriends daughter without us being married? She's 10 and her bio dad has never supported or seen her.

Other than when she was born but hasn't provided for her in 10 year's. Would we need his consent?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 23, 2019

It’s possible but dad would have to be given notice in any event.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Q: How long before you can keep a dog your watching?

An old friend of ours asked us to watch there dog for a couple of weeks. Since then they have not called or visit to ask or see how the dog is doing. Since then thw dog has ran out of food and we had to go buy more for him. And his behavior is a lot better since we have gotten him. They use to keep... Read more »

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Sep 23, 2019

Dogs are property under Colorado law. Under Colorado property law, property is not considered abandoned until 5 years have passed. So, until 5 years passes with no contact from the owners - or until they gift or sell the dog to you, the dog belongs to the original owners. You could reach out to the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for North Carolina on
Q: About to turn 18.. can I legally run away to live with a 18yo? Could he/she go to jail for me living with them?

I want to leave my parent's house.. They're manipulative, they don't care about my feelings, the mentally abuse me, etc.. I can't stay here.. I know someone that will take me in, but they're afraid to go to jail.. They said if it was legal.. They would.. I'm 17.. I can't wait another 10 months of... Read more »

Amanda Bowden Houser
Amanda Bowden Houser answered on Sep 23, 2019

At 18, it is not called 'running away' it is just called 'leaving your parents house' - which is something you are suppose to do. Until then you need to stop whining and suck it up and deal with it like everyone else. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for California on
Q: I'm moving out of my mom's house she usually has my kaiser card and other cards that are in my name does she have to

Give me any cards that have my name on it like medical card or californa state card when I move what do i do if she doesn't want to give it to me

Louis George Fazzi
Louis George Fazzi answered on Sep 21, 2019

There is too much information missing to answer you. How old are you? If you are at least 18 years old, you should be able to get your drivers license or California ID yourself. You can contact Kaiser directly to have your card issued to you if you are still eligible to be insured under your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Can we adopt my nephew although he is in a foster home that wants to adopt him?

My husband and I just found out that his nephew will be adopted by a foster family next week if no one in the family steps up to take him. We would love to possibly adopt him but we are not sure what to do or if it is possible. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri while we live in Columbus, Georgia. He... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Sep 20, 2019

Time is of the essence since the adoption will take place next week. You should consult with an attorney immediately who can help you plan the proper course of action for this. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: Is it possible to file to have parental rights removed of a parent if the people who are adopting are not married

I am then natural mother and looking to removed the rights of the natural father, However, I am not married to who would be adopting them. What are my options

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Sep 18, 2019

I'm sorry but it is not possible in the State of Idaho right now. The State of Idaho has a pecuniary interest in NOT terminating a natural parent's rights. Why? Because the State of Idaho taxpayers will ultimately have to pay for any social services that you receive as the unmarried parent of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Q: contested adoption who will the judge rule in favor of Foster parent or relative who has custody of all other sibling

Foster parent does not allow sibling visits and I have kinship of brother

Kathryn Hilbush
Kathryn Hilbush answered on Sep 18, 2019

There are many factors involved in a contested adoption, each of which can sway the court one way or another. If you do not already have legal representation for this case, please retain an attorney experienced in adoptions asap.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: I was the guardian to a child from OK. We ended up adopting her in WA state. Didn’t file termination in OK

Do I have to file something with the court besides the birth certificate and the order for adoption in oK as my adoption lawyer did that to my knowledge I have her birth certificate.

Melissa Oxford
Melissa Oxford answered on Sep 17, 2019

I recommend consulting with a lawyer well-versed in Oklahoma adoption law to ensure the UCCJEA was complied with and any additional steps you need to take in Oklahoma.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I am looking to have my husband, my sons step father adopt my son. His biological father left when he was 4 weeks old.

Can you tell me what needs to be done and what I am looking at cost wise?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 14, 2019

Attorneys can't quote prices on Justia. Hire an adoption attorney. Have your husband do a criminal background check for adoption at the State Police.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Support and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: My husband has been paying child support for his daughter regularly for over 9 years.

We have never had any contact with the child at the request of her mother. She also requested 5 years ago that my husband allow her husband to adopt because he is the only father she knows. He agreed it was in her best interest and we never heard anything else about it. Recently within the last... Read more »

Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards answered on Sep 13, 2019

Child support terminates upon adoption. They are refunding you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Kentucky on
Q: Is there a way to gain custody of my friends dog that I keep for weeks at a time?

I have been doing this for several months now, I have had him groomed. When I take him back they only keep him one day and then call me to come back and get him. My friend has stated that the dog is not allowed to make noises nor are they allowed to have animals at their residence. There is always... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 12, 2019


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