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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Indiana on
Q: My issue today is I just received legal papers requesting my permission for my daughter's father & wife to adopt my gra

I currently live in Texas and have been helping my daughter with her (currently 4yo) son since he was born, even though she lived in Oklahoma. I even kept her son in Texas for 6 months while she got on her feet. After the 6 months, she took her son to Indiana where she had her father & other... Read more »

James A Hanson
James A Hanson
answered on May 22, 2022

Your situation is complex and requires the dedicated attention of an experienced attorney.

You can be assured, however, that adoption is serious process with constitutional implications. Your daughter will have to be notified of any adoption proceedings and will have to be provided an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Mississippi on
Q: Grandmother has full custody of 8 week old baby. Both parents in prison. Grandmother wants to sign baby over to someone.

Grandmother is already taking care of 5 children & can’t take care of an infant. She wants to find a good family to give full custody to. Can she do this without parents signing anything also? G’mother is in Louisiana and new family would possibly be in MS

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on May 21, 2022

Because the child is a resident of Louisiana, Louisiana statues would govern; therefore, you should contact an attorney licensed in that state.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Is it hard and expensive to change a baby’s full name after 9 months?

We are working on getting guardianship/ full custody of my nephew and would like to change his name but not sure how long it takes or how much it is.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 16, 2022

You can't change his name unless you adopt and terminate the parents' rights.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go by obtaining legal guardianship of my 8 month old nephew who has been living with me since he was 2 weeks?

My nephews mom wanted an abortion but was unable to get one because she had just gotten one so she asked my husband and I to take the baby. We did and now we would like to get guardianship of the baby because mom is now refusing to babysit the child or help. She receives benefits and childcare for... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 10, 2022

You need to contact a lawyer in your area to discuss your options and get the ball rolling. You should not do this yourself. In speaking to the attorney(s) you consult, you ask what are your options as well as what is your understanding as to the position each parent takes as to custody and/or... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: How can I go about getting guardianship or custody of my friend baby she is from Nj I am in Ohio
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 9, 2022

Is there a father in the picture? If so, he will have priority over you if he is willing and able. If mom and baby are in New Jersey, than you all will need to deal with this there.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for New Jersey on
Q: Mother has sole legal and residential custody. Child is autistic. Father does not take to any appointments, doesn’t

Help when he’s on school break, won’t communicate because “the new girlfriend doesn’t like it”, won’t check on the child’s well being, and the child comes home very hungry and once with a deep scratch on the pelvic area. the mothers boyfriend/father to mothers other child takes off... Read more »

Richard Diamond
Richard Diamond
answered on May 9, 2022

This is a trick question. Your ex pays 90.00 per week in child support voluntarily but has little to no involvement in your child's life. Your current boyfriend is caring and involved in your child's life and wants to continue to be involved. Your ex is not stopping your boyfriend from... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My little brother is currently in my elderly, disabled Grandmas custody. She wants me to take him. Will it be difficult?

My birth mother passed away last year leaving behind my little brother. He was left in the care of our grandmother who is old and sick. She called me up and asked if my husband and I would be willing to take him. I’m happy to take him but there is a problem that might affect the court allowing... Read more »

Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on May 3, 2022

Will it be difficult? It may not be, however more information is needed on this, including the involvement of your little brother's father who usually would have a say in custody decisions. That said, I highly recommend that you (and your grandmother) seek a consultation with a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: My boyfriend has full custody of his son. His mother got her parenting time taken an is not allowed to be anywhere near

The child. An no child support. We are wanting for me to adopt him. Is it possible. She goes months without calling my boyfriend to see if the child is still alive.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on May 2, 2022

Until you are married, no.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Mygirl has had her nonbiological son since 3months old he's over 3yrs now the biological mom came with cops and took
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
answered on May 2, 2022

She needs to hire a custody or adoption lawyer AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Colorado on
Q: If X owes arrears, current order terminated, how does one collect payments when there is no set monthly pymt agreement.

There is no monthly court ordered amount due. Court order only shows full total of arrears due. Can one pay bare minimum of $10 since it's not a court ordered monthly amount to pay and he's still paying? Current order was terminated due to child being adopted.

John Hyland Barrett III
John Hyland Barrett III
answered on Apr 29, 2022

The entire amount of arears is now due and owing. You can get a judgment and garnish wages/bank accounts. There is a limit on the wage garnishment percentage depending on whether the ex is supporting another family and how old the arrears are, but you can get around 50%+ of take home income. you... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: If i have kinship care of a child for a longer period of time and then family steps forward requesting to adopt her.

Will i have any say or pull to adopt her? Can the guardian say she's bonded to us?

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Apr 26, 2022

A kinship caregiver can file for legal custody or adoption of a child. The difference is that parents can still have residual rights when a third party has legal custody but in the course of an adoption the parental rights are permanently terminated. The court will not necessarily grant a kinship... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Criminal Law and Family Law for California on
Q: I was convicted on a criminal charge and taken to family court and my kids was taken under that same charge the next da

Next day and then had my kids removed under that same charge is t that double jeporady cause the criminal case dropped to a misdemeanor? Right

Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Apr 24, 2022

DOUBLE JEOPARDY REFERS TO BEING TRIED/PROSECUTED ON THE SAME CHARGES/FACTS AGAIN.

IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAD ISSUES WITH THE CRIMINAL COURT AND NOW FAMILY LAW COURT.

NOT BEING A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY, I CAN'T ADDRESS ALL YOUR ISSUES.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: When can a parents rights be terminated, so the other party can adopt a non bio child in the state of ohio ?

Ive had custody of a child for 13 months, -temp custody for 18 months, and have taken care of her since 2018. her father has history of substance abuse and domestic violence, cannot see child for 4.5 years. mother same problem, but currently incarcerated, felonious assault was her charge. Both of... Read more »

Raquel Ann Parish
Raquel Ann Parish
answered on Apr 19, 2022

The laws relating to adoption are found in Chapter 3107 of the Ohio Revised Code. Legal steps for completing adoptions are to complete a Petition for Adoption in the county Probate Court, hold a Hearing on the Adoption (must have required consents and/or service on parents), a home study must be... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Nevada on
Q: How do I go about legally adopting my sig others son, so we can get him a passport, as well as have legal rights?

My significant other and I have been together since sept 2013. Child was born Jan 2012. Biological father has never put forth any effort to support (financially or emotionally) the child and has been in and out of jail and prison the child’s entire life. I’ve been acting in place as his father... Read more »

Janice Jacovino
Janice Jacovino
answered on Apr 26, 2022

The child's mother can file with the Court requesting to obtain a passport for the child. When granted, the Court will order that the passport can be obtained without the Biological father's signature.

The child's mother can also file for sole or primary custody and child...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Can I undo signing parental rights away a year ago in favor of a step parent adoption if that adoption never took place?

About a year ago, I decided that it was in my daughter's best interest to sign my parental rights away to allow her step dad to adopt her. I did this because we had been dragging out a custody battle for 4 years without ever actually going to court for custody. Every court day was more and... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Apr 14, 2022

Your case has specific details that will be best suited with an attorney rather than this forum. Most will give a free phone consultation. I suggest you contact one sooner rather than later so that you can insure your rights if they in fact still remain intact.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law, Estate Planning and Probate for North Carolina on
Q: My grandfather died without a will and I was adopted, do I need the adoption papers?

My grandfather died without a will and he owns the house and has a sizable bank account not in my name. He has no heirs other than me. What do I need to do to get them in my name. I was adopted by my biological grandma and he was married to her the moment she passed away and continued to raise me.... Read more »

Ben Corcoran
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Ben Corcoran
answered on Apr 14, 2022

There are a couple of questions that will need to be answered before I can give you specific advice. Did your grandfather adopt you as well? And second, are you biologically related to your grandfather? If you can answer yes to either of those questions, you can likely get his assets transferred to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: What is the best form to get notarized when it comes to obtaining custody of a minor child that belongs to a friend?

The Minor is a newborn

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
answered on Apr 13, 2022

You cannot obtain custody of a friend's child by notarizing some form. You will need to go to court to seek custody. You should be working with an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Real Estate Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: What's rights do an adopted child have when inheriting property after the adopting parent passes away?
Candace Alynn Hill Duvernay
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Candace Alynn Hill Duvernay
answered on Apr 12, 2022

If a child is legally adopted in Georgia, he or she will have rights to inherit from their parents the same as any child who is the biological child.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Criminal Law for Tennessee on
Q: Can a bondsman from another state legally apperhen a person on bond who missed court for a misdemeanor drug charge

The bondsman has came to cols on several occasions to arrest me. I tried to reschedule and they would not let me at that time. What should I do?

Cayley Turrin
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Cayley Turrin
answered on Apr 11, 2022

Yes they are allowed to and I would turn yourself in as quickly as possible.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Texas on
Q: My step daughter is having a baby but is giving me and my husband the baby. What all should we know.

We are wanting to take the baby home within the first few hours of her being born and we dont want CPS or any problems. How should we go about it

Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Apr 8, 2022

Retain a lawyer now and have the father of the baby sign his rights away. Start adoption proceedings now.

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