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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Idaho on
Q: I have a question about a child in the foster system

She is 16 and hasn't been suicidal for almost two months but her mother and case manager have told a mental hospital the she's "hearing voices" and "threatens to kill herself". If she(the foster child) tells the mental hospital herself that she hasn't been... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on Sep 25, 2020

Idaho law allows anyone who believes a juvenile is suicidal or trying to hurt herself or others to petition the court for immediate guardianship. All that needs to happen is the juvenile herself or someone else who is witness to her comments or actions, to notify LE, who is required by law to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for North Carolina on
Q: My husband and I have had full custody of MY biological grandaughter for 12 years. she is now 13.The biological father

has had his visitation rights terminated. the biological mother could see the child with supervision but has never approached that. neither has seen her since she was 18 months old. She calls us mom and dad but knows her circumstances. she would like to be adopted so that we all have the same... Read more »

Angela L. Haas
Angela L. Haas answered on Sep 24, 2020

You would not have to notify her biological father, if his parental rights have been terminated (you'll need to verify this). You will need to notify her biological mother, and if possible, get her consent. Otherwise, you'll need to have her parental rights terminated as well. Her last... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: I need a affordable child custody attorney I am trying to get custody of my 10 yr old son hes being abused and neglected

I understand how my child is and how he acts and listens to me

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 23, 2020

If you are in the Bronx and the child is living in New York you will need an attorney in New York as soon as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: 8 y/o child, bio dad is not on birth cert and has never seen her. hubs of 3 years (7 together) wants to adopt. Advise?

Bio dad has never been around and haven’t spoken since pregnancy. What kind of lawyer do we need to speak with and what steps should we/will we have to take?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 22, 2020

If bio Dad has never paid child suppoet, then hire an adoption lawyer. Go to the Sheriff's or State Police Office and tell them hubby needs fingerprints run for adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Massachusetts on
Q: If my mom is in jail can a friend of mine get guardianship of me

I am 16 my mom left me in the care of a relative without birth certificate or social security card and I have been out of school for a year and am currently living with a friend who is filing for guardianship and feel unsafe goin back to my mom. How long will this process take and can or will they... Read more »

Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa answered on Sep 21, 2020

If the Court finds the petitioner for guardianship to be suitable and in your best interest after first having the petitioner appointed temporarily usually there would then be a trial date for appointment of a permanent guardian for you until age 18. Sometimes the parent(s) assent to temporary or... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I do a turn around adoption to get my six children back into my custody asap?
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 21, 2020

This question is not as easy as step 1 - 2 - 3. Generally, once an adoption is finalized, then it is non-reversible. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however these exceptions are challenging to prove. This is something that you will need an experienced adoption attorney to help you with,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: I have a granddaughter i been taking care of SHE IS 2 YRS AND I HAVE HAD HER SINCE SHE WAS 9 MONTHS.

My daughter was so bad on drugs. Her oldest two boys her first HUSBAND has them and she is not aloud to be with them alone at all. I have daughter since she was 9 months. She is 2. heHER boyfriend had a 12 yr old let her live with me for a year,paid for everything for those 2 kId. She moved back... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 17, 2020

Hire a juvenile court lawyer to get her back

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My fiancé stepdaughter he has since two would like to be adopted by him but she is 18 is that still possible
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 15, 2020

We have adult adoption in Louisiana. If you are the mother, then get married first. Then hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a court force an intrafamily adoption on me (i.e. give my daughter to her step dad).

I have paid child support in the last 6 months and I have tried to see my daughter though her mother has refused, now she has filed for intra family adoption. Can the Court still order the intra family adoption go through even though I've tried to see her and can prove so and have paid child support

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

1) hire an adoption lawyer to file an opposing,

2) find proof of 6 months of child support,

3) print every request you made to see your child.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Maryland on
Q: Can the biological father of a child that’s been adopted has a way to be in the child’s life?

The father had no idea that his daughter was being put up for adoption cause he was incarcerated

Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste
Marie-Yves Nadine Jean-Baptiste answered on Sep 9, 2020

If the father has been released, he can petition the court for access. It is unclear from the facts whether he will prevail or not. Either way, it is not something that I'd recommend he should take on by himself, he does need counsel.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: My ex and her daughter live with me. The daughter isn't my Biological child but i consider her my child so do they both

I would like to adopt or step I'm just not sure how to do it. Me and the mother are not romantically involved but we are best friends any help you could give would be great

Bonnie M Lonardo
Bonnie M Lonardo answered on Sep 9, 2020

Adoption would be possible only if the child’s biological father’s rights have already been terminated, or if he is willing to forfeit his parental rights. If the child’s biological father intends to keep his parental rights, then the court will not grant those rights onto additional parties.... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How do I adopt girlfriends children before marriage?

A disavowal from previous marriage has been completed and biological father refuses to acknowledge paternity. We are getting married in the future but want to get the adoption process started

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 7, 2020

Get married, then hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Civil Litigation for Kentucky on
Q: I have 3 past drug charges and Dec 31st of 2018. My 2 children were placed in the care of family. Do I have the right to

To see my children. I haven't talked or seen them for a year. My daughter doesn't know me. She was only 10mosand my son is now 5yrs. PLEASE in Jesus Name, HELP me. I'm so sorry and ashamed of the hurt I have caused, over drugs. I want a chance to provide the love and life with me my... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Sep 7, 2020

You should, yes. File a motion for a graduated parenting schedule. As long as you remain clean and sober, there shouldn’t be a problem with you parenting the children, although you may have to jump through some proof hoops to prove your sobriety.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Is a birth plan a legal document?
Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Sep 4, 2020

In most cases they are not legal documents, they merely lay out the guidelines or plans that someone intends to follow. If you would like to make a birth plan a legal document, it would be a good idea to have an attorney help with drafting it. -Homer P. Jordan IV, Esq. 404-620-1558

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: I am 16 in two months. Will I have to wait until 16 to file for emancipation, or can I file now and be approved later?

From everything I researched the process can take 4-6 months, and I need to be out of their guardianship asap. I haven't been staying with them for the past 2 weeks, and I've been kicked out twice. I have lots of witnesses of physical abuse, and I can prove I'm mentally, financially,... Read more »

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Sep 4, 2020

You do not have to wait to file the Petition for Emancipation. It may be best to contact an attorney who can assist you with the specifics of your case.

We wish you well.

-The Upshaw Law Firm, LLC. (770) 240-0922.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Adoption, Constitutional Law and Domestic Violence on
Q: What are there distinction from each: general law, public law, penal law, specific law, and local laws?

And can you give specific examples relating to Social work practice..i really need an indepth understanding thus tapped our dedicated lawyers..thank you

Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on Sep 3, 2020

A thorough answer to your question would fill pages. In a nutshell, general law is what the word suggests - the general body of laws that deals with contracts, torts, crimes, property, etc. Public laws (in particular public health laws) from the standpoint of your field address things like patient... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Hello I'm trying to get my daughter's last name changed to my husband's last name

My daughter has my last name her biological father never signed the birth certificate however we did go to court for child support and for him to have visitation rights, with him not signing the birth certificate would I need his permission to have her name hyphenated? (She'll be 11 this year)

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Sep 2, 2020


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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If i have custody of my child and the father refused to pay child support or see/contact child can i file abandonment

Court granted me full custody about 2 years ago and the other parent has not seen or tried to see his child. He does not want him and has agreed to sign rights over if i pay for it. I do not have the money so was wondering about filing abandonment on other parent to terminate his rights

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 1, 2020

He can't "sign over his rights" unless there is a new parent to step into his place. In other words, if you get married, your husband can adopt if the bio Dad has paid no support and failed to visit.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Puerto Rico on
Q: How do you obtain a birth certificate after being adopted in Puerto Rico?

Born in New York. At age 7 adopted in Puerto Rico. How to obtain Puerto Rican birth certificate with adoptive parent info?

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Sep 1, 2020

Hello and thank you for using Justia. Since you we're bien in New York City you do not qualify for a birth certificate in Puerto Rico. You will need to get a name change in New York State Courts using the adoption decrece issued un Puerto Rico.

If you need additional information please...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: Can Unwed couple in Ohio work out child support outside of court.

Is it possible for an Unwed mother and father (name not on birth certificate) to work a deal outside of court. We have after research we have agreed on an amount to give and that the father will not be in contact with the child. Is there any legal issues with this? I won’t be filing for... Read more »

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on Aug 31, 2020

The father is taking a big risk here. If you turn around and petition for child support, your out of court arrangements may or may not be honored by the child support enforcement agency and courts. It's safer for everyone involved to do it officially. If he wants to provide additional support... Read more »

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