Lillian J. LaRosa's answer If there are no issues involving the step father there are no chances working against you and then quite possibly biological father would be willing to consent to the adoption. You can still proceed with the adoption petition if he does not consent but it would be a longer time frame, and judging from the facts presented there is no involvement with the child and he may also have fitness issues.
William John Light's answer You are entitled to a reasonable charge for saving and taking care of the animal. This would likely include a reasonable daily kenneling fee and reimbursement of your veterinary expenses. If that is offered, you would have no basis to retain the dog, but if you allege neglect, it should then be turned over to Animal Control.
Civil Code § 2080. Duties of finder
“Any person who finds a thing lost is not bound to take charge of it. . .but when the person does take charge of it...
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Rahlita D. Thornton's answer This is an odd fact pattern situation. I would say consult with a lawyer to get an in depth analysis of this issue. With a little research I'm sure the answer could be had. I also would ask if the father's name was put on the birth certificate? Are the grandparents attempting to adopt? Is it your husband trying to adopt?
Pete David Louden's answer This is going to be fact dependant. Best answer is contact an Oklahoma attorney and fully explain what has happened up to this point and then they will be able to explain your options.
Ellaretha Coleman's answer You will need to report the actions to the police to determine if it rises to the level of criminal harassment. Your post is unclear as to the frequency or content of the text messages, so we can not determine if this is harassment.
Amanda Bowden Houser's answer Children by definition are not capable of deciding whats best for them so you first need some sort of legitimate reason - you don't get to just step in and 'provide a more positive atmosphere'. So unless there is abuse or neglect, I advise you not to attempt to take a child away from their parent. In the event of actual abuse or neglect (not getting enough love and attention will likely not qualify) the cheapest method would be to involve DSS and offer to take the child if your allegations...
Cary B. Hall's answer Yes - if you adopt the child, you become as responsible financially for him as his biological father would be. My suggestion, then, is to be like a "big brother" to the kid if you want to support him, but *don't* adopt him if you have no new family unit and long-term plans with his mother.
Lydia Seifner's answer Considering that the father has been absent for so long, and did not comply with court orders, you may very well be able to get sole custody, especially if he continues to be absent and does not respond to the petition for custody.
Regarding your engagement, you and your new spouse will need to be married for six months before he is eligible to adopt the child.
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer This is a very technical legal case. I would suggest that you consult with an attorney in your area as on its face it appears that you have good arguments for your adopting them. Good luck in this matter.
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer Your brother should consult with an attorney to find out the proper answer to this question since it appears that there are a lot of other factors that come in to play to be able to respond. Contact an attorney in the county in which you reside for a more precise answer and clearer direction. Good luck in this matter.
Rahlita D. Thornton's answer There are some things that need clarifying before the question is answered. Confirming that you are not married to the adopted mother? Also, what did the biological father play in this scenario? Was this "adoption" done through the courts? It is great that you want to step up and raise a child that is not your own biologically. If more information is provided I'll see if I can assist with the answer.
William John Light's answer You would have to consult with an Arkansas attorney about that. However, even if you could be included, the value of your case would be tremendously adversely affected by the lack of relationship between your father and you, at least that is how it would work out in CA.
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