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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Michigan on
Q: Is there any circumstance in which a 14 year old might be adopted by a step father without being involved?

The child doesn’t know that the father isn’t his biological father — the step father tried 2 adopt him years ago but the biological father opposed it (the only thing he’s ever done “for” the child). Now the biological father is deceased. The step father has been the in loco parentis... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 7, 2019

I believe with the child being 14 years old, the child would have to consent to the adoption, so there would not be a way to do so without his or her knowledge. But I think the stepfather very well could file for adoption at this point.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: I want to change my middle and last name into my marriage certificate.

My wife and i got married for almost 11 months in Indiana south bend. But before that my step father filed for my adoption and i just got recieved my birth certificate last week now the thing is i want to change my marriage certificate last name.

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Dec 6, 2019

You should have asked that your marriage license, and the resulting marriage certificate gave your adoptive last name. It's probably too late to change the marriage certificate; but ask the county clerk who issued the marriage license if it can be done.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: How do I switch from temporary guardianship to permanent guardian?

Mother of child is on the run from law enforcement and father is unknown. She doesnt visit or help with any of the needs the child has. Pretty much abandoned the child after appointing me temporary guardianship.

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Dec 6, 2019

You would have to apply for temporary guardianship, even though the mother has "given it to you." Since you already have physical custody of the child you would qualify for appointment from the probate court. There are other qualifiers for temporary guardianship, and for this reason it is best to... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Texas on
Q: Legal process when a Respondent doesn't properly cite the Petitioner.

(In Texas) In a Termination of Parental Rights Family Law case, the petitioner had the Petition served to a respondent. The respondent sent a Original Answer to the Court. BUT did not fill out a Certificate of Service and did not send the petitioner a copy of the Original Answer.

IS the... Read more »

Jon R. Boyd
Jon R. Boyd answered on Dec 6, 2019

When you file the Answer, it is your duty and responsibility to send a copy to Petitioner. If you don't, your Answer is still on file, but you could be sanctioned by the Court for failing to copy Petitioner on your filing.

The Petitioner, not having received an Answer from you, and unless...
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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: I would like some review on this lawyer name Ahmed Hassan.
Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Dec 2, 2019

It is unclear what your question is. Please provide a clarified question, and I or one of my colleagues will do our best to assist you.

I wish you well.

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

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Florida on
Q: can siblings take custody

My cousin D is under 16 his mom passed and his dad passed some years ago. So he’s an orphan. His mom remarried and D lived with his mom an stepdad. Would my cousin D get a survivors benefit or something similar to that? My dad mentioned this to me but I don’t remember the specific name. If my... Read more »

Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard answered on Nov 30, 2019

D's adult brother, you his cousin, or any other person (such as the stepfather) might petition the courts for custody. You should consult with a family law attorney for details.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Estate Planning for Washington on
Q: My father was old and manipul manipulation of elderly last will and testament States I give my daughter? Prove identity?

On Will & Testament it states I give my daughter? Amanda Gilbert my property what problem is he has no Daughter by the name of Amanda Gilbert this person only did a name change and took property and family back her up is that legal do you have to prove that you are actually a daughter to the... Read more »

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Nov 26, 2019

If you believe he was unduly influenced and the will is fraudulent then you should consult an attorney regarding to see if it should be contested. Do not wait until the estate has been drained of all assets.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for New York on
Q: Can my husband and I take in a 15 year old runaway if she is being neglected and emotionally abused at home?

The child is not a relative of ours and there is no previous relationship, but we learned of her situation and want to offer a safe place to stay since we’ve developed a bond and see that she needs some love and protection. We are in New York State.

John Anthony Pappalardo
John Anthony Pappalardo answered on Nov 25, 2019

You need a guardianship or Article 6 court order

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I want to adopt the child I have permanent Custody of but I don’t know how to start.

I have custody of a friend from high schools 2 children, she is on drugs and I couldn’t let them go into foster Care. I also have 1 child of my own who is 6. I got the first one when he was 4 months old, he is now 3 but has had a relationship with his mom the entire time, she gave birth again to... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on Nov 25, 2019

You might not be able to adopt, but you might be able to obtain guardianship. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to talk to a local attorney who specializes in adoptions to review all the facts and advise you.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Q: Can a gaurdian legally adopt children with only one parents signature and agreement.

When the other parent has a open custody case open

Priscilla T. Upshaw
Priscilla T. Upshaw answered on Nov 23, 2019

The short answer is no. In Georgia, a child who has any living parent or guardian may be adopted only if each such parent and each such guardian:

(1) Has voluntarily and in writing surrendered all of his rights to the child to the department of human services or to a child-placing agency...
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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Hello, I am trying to get help with adopting the little boy I currently have permanent custody of.

His mother is a friend from high school, I have had him from birth, he is now 15 months old. I want to adopt him and make him legally my child.

Mom said she is willing to terminate her rights but the father will not. He has never been around, he is on drugs and has multiple EPOs against... Read more »

Kristin Michelle Russell
Kristin Michelle Russell answered on Nov 23, 2019

Good morning, you need to hire an adoption attorney to petition the family court where you live to adopt and simultaneously terminate the parental rights of the birth parents. Based upon the information you’ve provided, it does not sound as if the birth father’s consent would be required... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation, Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for Florida on
Q: Need help with FL law in regards to child support termination via adoption. Father wants to sign over his rights.

Mother has full custody and is remarried. Father has already established paternity but lives in NH.

Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara
Vanessa Alexandra Vasquez de Lara answered on Nov 21, 2019

If the Father is willing to consent to a step-parent adoption, then it is a relatively simple matter to have the child adopted by the step-father and the Father's rights terminated. If, on the other hand, the Father wishes to terminate his rights and leave the child fatherless, this is normally not... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: I want to adopt my wife son, the biological father is dead. How do we proceed with this without spending thousands

I have supported my stepson since he was an infant, the birth father is no longer alive and we are wanting to go through the adoption process and get everything changed.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 20, 2019

An uncontested intrafamily adoption probably costs less than you think. An attorney that handles such matters can discuss their fees and other anticipated costs.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My wife and I have had custody of our granddaughter for 7 years, she is 7, we want to adopt but the mother won’t allow.

She has never gone 6months without a visit. She has never supported the child but we did not have a court order for support. Do we have ground to adopt

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 19, 2019

Give an adoption attorney a call. That may be enough if the mother has other problems and depending on the circumstances under which you got custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: My children were adopted by my parents years ago I ambeing sued for child support for after adoption what is the law
Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Nov 16, 2019

Parent’s are still required by law to pay child support even after a parent’s rights are terminated. A parent is relieved of any further child support obligation upon the court receipt of a final decree of adoption. A parent would always be required to pay the back child support, pursuant to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Adoption for Idaho on
Q: Hi! How do I help my orphaned brother (17 y.o.) immigrate to the US now that I've been granted asylum status? Thanks!

I was just granted asylum and will be applying for a green card next year. However, I worry about my younger brother who is still in my country of origin. He is 17 and he is the only immediate relative that I have there. Since we lost our parents at a young age, I assume that role for him, even... Read more »

Joshua Joseph Despain
Joshua Joseph Despain answered on Nov 7, 2019

Unfortunately, after being granted asylum, you cannot sponsor or petition siblings, only spouses and children. So you would not be able to sponsor your brother directly. You would have to wait until you are a U.S. citizen to directly petition him. Or, he might have another way to come into the... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: I recieved a letter from county child support office telling me I owed $10,000 is child support however my children

paternal grandparents legally adopted them years ago. We live in Kentucky but several counties away from each other, what do I need to do?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 7, 2019

Go to the child support office and supply them with the adoption info.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Estate Planning and Probate for Florida on
Q: recently connected to biological father. my name was changed at a young age, he wants to add me to his will, how to?

he will not add me using my name, currently use. asked me to change name back to birth name, which I will not do(40 years of current name). would I need my original birth certificate in order to obtain the benefits of his will/estate? both my mother and adoptive father(whose name I took) are... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Nov 6, 2019

Getting a copy of your birth certificate will not help. Unless you are listed in your biological father's current will as a beneficiary, and unless the will is probated, you will not be able to get anything from his estate after he dies.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Kentucky on
Q: I reside in Kentucky & my ex wife & son reside in Pennsylvania. She's remarried wanting to adopt. Do I still pay c.s.?
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 6, 2019

Yes. Unless or until the child is adopted.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for New York on
Q: Me and my wife would like my step daughter to have my last name,she wants to change it also.

She has met her biological father once and he is usually mia and wants nothing to do with her. Hes currently incarnated(hes looking at 15yrs) and has never paid any child daughter is 14 yrs old and has had me in her life since 10 months old. Do we need his signature?

Lawrence Allen Weinreich
Lawrence Allen Weinreich answered on Nov 5, 2019

Based upon everything you have said, I would suggest adoption if the father will cooperate.

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