Lawyers, Answer Questions  & Get Points Log In
Adoption Questions & Answers
1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Arkansas on
Q: My ex is unagreeable for my husband to adopt my daughter. We've been married 6 years.

He has not had any contract in 8 years. Is it possible this can end going in my ex's favor in court instead?

James E Hensley Jr
James E Hensley Jr answered on Jun 29, 2020

If a parent goes more than one year without seeing the child on a regular basis OR goes more than one year without paying any meaningful support, that parent's rights may be terminated. As such, your husband could adopt if:

He has a good relationship with the child for such duration he...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Arkansas on
Q: My husband of 6 years wants to adopt my daughter. Her biological father hasnt seen her in 8 years.

Does he even have Case to fight us?

Paul Dumas
Paul Dumas answered on Jun 28, 2020

If your husband can successfully prove “abandonment” as defined in the Arkansas Code, the Court may grant a petition for adoption of his stepdaughter. You should consult an attorney knowledgeable in this area of law.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a child that has been adopted by a family member due to the parents right terminated decide where she wants to live

She is fixing to be 16. I lost my rights and my sister adopted her but now my sister wants to dump her off at job cor in Guthrie and my 16 wants to live with me. Can she decide to leave my sister house even though my sister is her legal guardian or can my sister just dump her off somewhere else... Read more »

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Jun 28, 2020

As the adoptive parent, your sister has all of the rights. You daughter may claim emancipation, if she can demonstrate she can live on her own and manage her own finances. She also needs to show that it is in her best interest to no longer have a guardian.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: My son is 20 years old and has been raised by myself and his stepfather and wants him listed as his father

He wants it legally documented that his stepfather is his father- is this possible? And if so how does he start the process for this?

Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton answered on Jun 26, 2020

I would recommend reaching out to an attorney where your son lives. They will be in the best position to advise you on the process for adoption.

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Do I need an attorney? My husband wants to adopt my son and the biological dad is willing to relinquish his rights.

The biological dad lives in California and hasn't had anything to do with my son for 9 years. My husband and I live in Louisiana. We don't know if there's anyway we can represent ourselves, or if we just have to have an attorney.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 23, 2020

I strongly recommend hiring a lawyer to handle your intrafamily adoption. The requirements for an adoption are specific, and a simple mistake can make the adoption invalid. Intrafamily adoptions are quicker and generally are less costly than a private adoption.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: We are adopting our nieces baby when he is born in November. How do we go about doing this?
Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Jun 22, 2020

Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles adoptions to be sure that it is done properly.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a way I can get adopted by someone or emancipated withkut my oarents permission?
Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 22, 2020

No, you can't be adopted without parent's consent unless parental rights are terminated.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for California on
Q: What is involved in court ordered reunificatiin
Chris M. Bradford
Chris M. Bradford answered on Jun 18, 2020

This is what the California Court system has to say about reunification in Juvenile Dependency Court:

You can find this at this link:

https://www.courts.ca.gov/1205.htm?rdeLocaleAttr=en

Scroll down the page.

"With certain exceptions, the court must offer you...
Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: If a parent has multiple children in different homes and parental rights are terminated does that apply to all children?

I have permanent custody of a child who has 3 older siblings in foster care. Their foster parents are currently in the process to adopt the 3 siblings. If they get the parents rights terminated in their case, will i also have to get them terminated in my (adoption) case for the younger sibling, or... Read more »

Kristin Michelle Russell
Kristin Michelle Russell answered on Jun 18, 2020

If you have not been approved by the state as a foster parent, you will likely need to file a petition to adopt and a termination of parental rights as to the child in your custody. The birth parents may be willing to consent to avoid another involuntary termination. You should contact a Kentucky... Read more »

View More Answers

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My son's father wants to waive his rights to his son to my current husband. How do we go about doing this?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 17, 2020

If your son's father is willing to sign a Surrender, then your husband can adopt. Hire an adoption attorney.

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Q: I am needing to speak with someone about abandonment of a child and contemt of court and maybe even adoption
Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Jun 15, 2020

There are many ways to find an attorney. Justia has a find a lawyer feature at the top of each page. Additionally you could try Google or other online lawyer listings. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on
Q: i was adopted and kicked out at 17, is this legal and if not, would i have grounds to sue ?

i was adopted in 2007, kicked out at age 17 by my step father and his girlfriend. what legal action would i be able to take against him for this ? isn’t it illegal to kick out your adopted child ?

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Jun 11, 2020

If he's your adoptive father, he's not your stepfather; he's your father. in any case, the legal parents have the duty to support their children (including adopted children, if any) until the children reach majority (age 18).

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: I adopted a dog at this shelter in NYC. they told me she was spayed. she started bleeding few months later spend around

1000 dollars on ultrasound etc the vet just told me she was not spay and the dog is on her first period. Can I sue the shelter because they lied to me? can they pay for the procedures I just paid?

Benjamin Z. Katz
Benjamin Z. Katz answered on Jun 10, 2020

Yes. You have a case against them for the cost of the procedure.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for California on
Q: Can a judge grant child custody and visitation to a man who has never seen my child due to restraining order?

I had a child with a man who wanted to kill me and the child while I was pregnant. The child is 8yrs old and the man has never seen him due to restraining order from me and my child. The restraining order ended in 2017 and I never bothered to renew it because I moved and thought I won’t deal with... Read more »

Mike Darlington
Mike Darlington answered on Jun 9, 2020

Couple of things, first, do not send anyone to court for you other than a lawyer. A layman cannot represent your interests. Second, you need to sit down with a professional that handles family law cases in the court where the case is filed. Third, if you have not already done so you need to get... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My husband needs a district court order to unseal his original birth certificate to get his daughter on his tribe.

He was born in Lawton, Ok then adopted in Fort Worth. Texas vital statistics said his paperwork was sent to Oklahoma. How can he petition the court for his original birth certificate

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 9, 2020

You need an OK tribal attorney

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Maine on
Q: I have a question about adoption, specifically about how it is portrayed in TV shows.

I was researching a few characters in tv shows I watched and their relationships with other characters, and it described as their "adopted niece". Another character from another show was described as someones "adopted granddaughter" and I was confused. Is that something that... Read more »

Joe Lewis
Joe Lewis answered on Jun 9, 2020

Hi there.

Maine law only makes provisions for adopting a son or a daughter. So those other terms, while lovely and embracing, have no legal meaning.

Cheers!

- Joe

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Why would bio dad's family be concerned about me trying to get money after the death of his mother when I was adopted?

My bio dad terminated his rights when I was 12, I am 34 now. My stepdad adopted me, and was the daddy every girl deserves. I recently received a very ugly message from bio dad's niece stating that if I tried to come after any money she would come after me civilly. I refuse to contact because... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 5, 2020

You are entitled to inherit from your biological and adoptive parents. BOTH. Contact a successions attornry.

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Criminal Law for Texas on
Q: Hi, is it punishable for a woman who gave her child in adoption (30 years earlier) to search for her child?

It was a closed adoption. She just found out she has Alzheimer and want to inform the child. After the very helpful response from two Lawyers that it's not "criminal" is there a Civil side to this she should be aware of?

Kiele Linroth Pace
Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Jun 5, 2020

I know of no such crime. Also, there is a time period specified by the statute of limitations after which prosecution is not allowed. In Texas, the limitations periods for various offenses are listed in chapter 12 of the Code of Criminal Procedure so you can skim through that and see if anything... Read more »

View More Answers

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Nebraska on
Q: my cousin give me her baby and we type a paper saying that I have temp custody of her .what can I do ? to keep her
Vanessa Jean Gorden
Vanessa Jean Gorden answered on Jun 4, 2020

First, a typed paper alone is not enough for delegated parental authority unless it is notarized and uses this form: https://supremecourt.nebraska.gov/self-help/families-children/temporary-delegation-parental-powers

Second, if the parent revokes the Temporary Delegation at any time, it is...
Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Estate Planning and Probate for Louisiana on
Q: Louisiana. ...grandchild has lived in grandparents home,all his life. Grandpa died, aunts trying to evict him. He is ado

Grandchild adopted. But,family blood

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 3, 2020

If the grandchild was adopted by the grandfather and the grandfather didn't have a will, then the grandchild is legal heir to the the home, assuming grandfather had title. You should consult with a successions lawyer as soon as possible.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.