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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can my boyfriend adopt my son though we are unmarried? The biological father has not been in contact for four years.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 23, 2020

No. Your boyfriend can only adopt your son once you are married.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on
Q: Me and husband want to adopt his 16 yr old brother both parents are living how can we do that and is it possible

What are the steps that will have to be taken ?

V. Joy Edwards
V. Joy Edwards answered on Nov 23, 2020

Are the parents consenting to the adoption? The steps to be taken will be dependent on whether or not the biological parents consent. Feel free to contact us to schedule a consultation to discuss the specifics of your situation.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How can i get custody of my niece when shes born or maybe even before hand?

My sister is due to give birth in 3 weeks and has been doing illegal substances the entire pregnancy and has been violent to others and self harmed and is homeless and has another child less than 2 years old in the states care i cant have children of my own and i am the only family member with the... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 22, 2020

You need to have an attorney involved as soon as possible, so that pleadings will be ready to file as soon as the child is born. Speak with an attorney who handles custody and family law matters. Good luck.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Is adopted child responsible for bio parent at death?

My sister and I were contacted by my bio dad's brother stating he died and we are next of kin. We have not seen him since we were 3 & 5yo (40 years ago). We were adopted 27 years ago by a man we have always considered our father. The last 8mo or so my bio dad has tried to make contact with... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Nov 22, 2020

In short, the answer is no. There are always extenuating factors that can be involved, but that would require you sitting down with a family law attorney and working through all the details. An adopted child can receive inheritance from the biological parents as well as the adoptive parents, so... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Appeals / Appellate Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law on
Q: How much time does a parent have to appeal a parental rights termination ruling? I was/am involved in a D & N case in ad

I had my parental rights terminated on 08/05/2020 . I feel like i got manipulated and played due to my diminished mental capacity.

Charles William Michaels
Charles William Michaels answered on Nov 18, 2020

Usually, a party has 30 days to appeal a final judgment of any trial court. Since your trial court ruling was on August 5, I would think that your appeal period has passed. BUT check your local appellate rules!

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Q: If my grandmother has custody of me and my mom won't let me go back to her what should I do?

My grandmother got custody of me when I was 7 months and (I'm 16 now). I've lived with my mom for the past three years and she always tells me I'm not going anywhere and that I can't go back and live with my grandma. I don't like being with my mom. I always hide my feelings... Read more »

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV answered on Nov 18, 2020

If your grandmother has full legal custody of you then she can take action to have you go live with her. Have her consult with an attorney or call the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: My sons bio dad is not on the birth cert and no contact in 3 years. Can my fiancee adopt him without involving the bio?

My sons biological father is not on the birth certificate and paternity has never been established. My son is about to be 6. Bio dad (an incarcerated violent felon) has not seen him since he was 6 months old and has made no effort to contact is in the last 3 years. Can my fiancee, who has been in... Read more »

Vanessa Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Vasquez de Lara answered on Nov 18, 2020

Yes! You need to do a step-parent adoption which includes checking if the biological father registered himself in the Florida putative father registry. If he didn't, which most men do not do, then there is no need for consent from him. His rights would be terminated in the adoption. But you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can I fight for my son to be able to see his sister after she was adopted by another family??
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 18, 2020

Yes. Your son has his own rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: If a mother signed away her parental rights 10 years ago can a step mother adopt the child without notifying the mother?

Both the biological father and step mother have been raising the child for the past 11 years.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 18, 2020

The mother could not sign away her rights except if they were terminated by Child Protective Services. or as part if an adoption. Hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Pennsylvania on
Q: My daughters father is not listed on her birth certificate. I was just recently married and my husband wants to adopt.

My daughters father is minimally involved.

Timothy Kraeer
Timothy Kraeer answered on Nov 17, 2020

Congratulations! Your husband cannot adopt unless the biological fathers rights are terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily. His name Does not have to be on the birth certificate. I hope that helps!

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can a convicted felon in new york state adopt his girlfriends children

Our daughters live in friend would like to adopt her 7 children to protect them from the paternal families in the event of her demise. None of the bio fathers have been involved for over 9 years and 17 in some cases. What is required for adoption

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Nov 17, 2020

If the fathers are alive you would need to get their permission.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for New York on
Q: Does remarriage and adoption end court ordered child support in New York?

My mother and father divorced in 1984. My father was ordered to pay child support. My mother remarried in 1989 but my stepfather did not adopt me. Had he adopted me, would that have nullified the child support mandate?

Howard E. Knispel
Howard E. Knispel answered on Nov 16, 2020

Adoption terminates the parental relationship of the biological parent that is replaced by the adoption. As such, child support is no longer an obligation. However, arrears of child support still remain.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Alaska on
Q: I need help answering child custody and adoption q&a in alaska and arizona.

My children were taken by ocs in alaska and placed in foster care with non relatives because my entire family lives out of state they have filed termination and trial just occurred for termination judge is waiting for the closing arguements. My brother and father in Arizona want to adopt my... Read more »

Stefan Otterson
Stefan Otterson answered on Nov 12, 2020

Yes, your relatives can do two things. They can intervene in the CINA case to contest OCS's placement decision, and they can file an adoption petition, which would probably be assigned to the same judge handling the CINA case. They should have legal assistance for that, as there is lots of... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: Can my fiancee adopt my son without us involing the biological father?

My son is 5, 6 in 3 weeks. I met my fiancee when he was 2. The bio dad never established paternity, is not on the birth certificate and has been incarcerated as a violent felon since my son was 6 months old. I have had restraing orders against him. He has not tried to contact us in over 3 years. My... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 12, 2020

No; you have to give the biological father notice of the adoption proceeding.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: If my roghts have been terminated in louisiana is there anything I can do to get them back?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 10, 2020

Hire a Juvenile Court lawyer and review the facts and pleadings

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for California on
Q: My dog was stolen and it got out from the person who had it now it's the pound I went to claim my dog and now there are

Now there charging me$75 to adopt my dog

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Nov 10, 2020

Well, you could retain an attorney to assist you for 20 times that amount. Pay it and sue the person that took it for property damages and loss of use. Small Claims.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: can I move out at the age of 17 but turn 18 n two months?

i am trying to go back to my real dad who has not been served with papers when my mom took me from him and then my stepdad signed his rights over after my mom passed and I live with my stepmom now and her bf but will my real dad be able to come get me

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 7, 2020

Or before you turn 18 but once you turn 18, you can go and do as you please.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Tennessee on
Q: My deceased mother was adopted and issued an amended birth certificate. Can I obtain access to her original certificate?

I would like to know for genealogy purposes.

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Nov 4, 2020

There are Statutes involving the unsealing of sealed records. It will take a Chancery Suit. I doubt you will want to go to such expense and trouble in this case, and it might be denied.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: how can my husband adopt my 11and 12 year old?

there father hasnt been around since they were 2yrs old hasnt paid child support or given anything financial. was given the oppertunity to write the state that he was the father and agreed that the sate help mee and its been 10yrs

Hon. Richard W. B. Davis
Hon. Richard W. B. Davis answered on Nov 3, 2020

In order for your husband to adopt, you would have to petition to terminate your children's father's parental rights. From what you described, you probably have the statutory bases to do so.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law, Personal Injury and Small Claims for Missouri on
Q: A dog was hit by a random person infront of my home didn’t have chip or collar so took to vet told them we were adopting

Paid 1,000 dollars owner came forward doesn’t have proof of ownership get gave dog to owner but I can’t get my money back or the dog that I said I was adopting and didn’t ask for proof of ownership what do I do

Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg answered on Nov 2, 2020

I don't believe that you have a cognizable claim to file. Missouri recognizes the "doctrine of necessaries" as to a married couple, i.e., if the medical services patient received were necessary and patient maintained no separate assets, one spouse would be liable for the reasonable... Read more »

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