Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: With adoption of the child would I need to go through an adoption agency or just get the necessary forms signed and file

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Colorado on
Answered on Jan 23, 2016

An adoption agency typically only assists with domestic or foreign adoptions of non-biological children that do not currently live with you.

Q: My son is 3 years old. I left his father because of domestic violence and he keeps saying he's going to take my son away

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Answered on Dec 8, 2015

File a petition for full custody first, the step-parent adoption later.

Use of a lawyer is recommended.

John A. Smitten, Esquire

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Q: I am only 16 year old and I want to become a US citizen, and i was wondering if my girlfriend Mother can spouse me ?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Adoption for Alabama on
Answered on Nov 20, 2015

I do not get what you mean by "Spouse me". Spouse is a word used to describe a husband/wife in a marriage. You should consider talking to an immigration attorney in private to first decide what your goals are. All the best.

15 years of successful immigration law experience. The answer above is only general in nature cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known. It is your responsibility to retain a lawyer to analyze the facts specific to your particular...

Q: my husband wants to adopt my 21 year old son and give him his name, how can we do this? My son wants to do this also

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for New York on
Answered on Nov 4, 2015

Your husband would file a petition for adoption in court.

Q: How does my bf go about adopting my daughter? Can rights be taken from her dad if he doesn't even have rights?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Nov 2, 2015

If you aren't married to the person who wants to adopt her that is your first problem. Why would you want someone you aren't even married to to have parental rights to your daughter? If the biological father is paying child support and is not willing to terminate any parental rights that he could establish in the future, then it is questionable whether or not he wants a relationship with her in the future. In this scenario, actions speak louder than words.

Q: We have legal custody & want to adopt, if parents agree waive rights what is next step

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 25, 2015

You need to find a lawyer in your area to handle the adoption. The mother and father (unless you are the father) will agree to have their parental rights terminated, and you will go through the adoption process. DO NOT try this without an attorney. Adoptions must be done exactly according to the law to work properly. Good Luck!!

Q: My daughter was born in Ga! My parents took me to lawyer at 17 and I had no lawyer and they were granted adoption

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Oct 19, 2015

You are not old enough to sign any documents amounting to a contract if you are a minor. Contact DFACs and get their help to get custody of your child if you can't hire a private attorney.

Q: My sons father has been incarcerated for over two years and sentence end date of 2027.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Oct 18, 2015

What is his release eligibility date? Depending on the case and all the facts, you may be able to get it done.

Q: Child born in CO not married. Pat est by law in CO on bc. All live in GA now. Reqd to legitimate for cust or vis in GA?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Oct 15, 2015

If you want to have rights in Georgia, then you need to establish legitimation under Georgia Laws and Georgia now has jurisdiction over everybody if all live in GA as you state. You can use your paternity from CO as evidence in the GA case, but it does not necessarily mean that the child is legitimate.

Q: My sister lost my niece to dcf on memorial day this year how can I get custody and or adopt her?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on
Answered on Oct 13, 2015

At this stage you have to contact dcf and find out what the status is, or hire an attorney, basically.

Q: Can we force parental rights be terminated due to non-payment in exchange to adopt the children?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Juvenile Law and Adoption for Alabama on
Answered on Oct 13, 2015

You need to address these questions to a local attorney. Many offer free initial consultations.

Q: Would my mom be able to adopt my baby without any trouble from the baby's dad. Because he left after I told him.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Alaska on
Answered on Oct 6, 2015

For a child to be adopted in Alaska (as well as in most other states), you have to make reasonable efforts to give him notice of the adoption proceeding. Since you know who he is, your mother would have to serve him with process. This doesn't mean that he can successfully object, but he has to be given notice.

Q: can a 17 year old girl leave adoptive parents and go back to birth parents in north carolina legally

1 Answer | Asked in Juvenile Law and Adoption for North Carolina on
Answered on Oct 5, 2015

No. Assuming the adoption was done correctly, your biological parents have no rights under NC law. Your adoptive parents can have law enforcement make you come back until you are 18. I realize that seems like a long time from now, but its not. If you are being physically abused, call law enforcement or child protective services. If you are not being physically abused, try to work with your parents until you turn 18, talk to a school counselor or a pastor or other adult you trust. Good luck.

Q: Can a mother give up parental rights to the father (unmarried) before birth and can his girlfriend co-adopt upon birth?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Answered on Sep 28, 2015

These are not just basic legal question but entail much knowledge and having done research into local cases. Your best bet is to get to a local adoption attorney about these questions that you have. The attorney will be able to have a full discussion with you.

Q: can i adopt my own children if my parental rights where terminated?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Texas on
Answered on Sep 21, 2015

There is most likely a lot of research that must be done in order to answer your question.

Q: Adoption and tourist visa while waiting on two years (grace period).

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Adoption for Virginia on
Answered on Sep 18, 2015

In order to bring someone to the United states you will need a visa for that person. Talk to an immigration attorney first to find out what options work for you. All the best.

15 years of successful immigration law experience. The answer above is only general in nature cannot be construed as legal advice, given that not enough facts are known. It is your responsibility to retain a lawyer to analyze the facts specific to your particular situation in order to give you specific advice....

Q: I had my granddaughter since birth and she is 10 now I adopted her 2 years ago, can I get back time cs for her?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Alabama on
Answered on Sep 7, 2015

The best thing you can do is to go see a local family/adoption attorney for a full discussion. To answer your question would most likely require some research on this specific topic.

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