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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Georgia on
Q: How do I get the father rights taken? What are the main reasons a judge will take a fathers rights?

I have full custody. My divorce decree states that he must pay child support and supervised visitations

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

There is not enough information here for me to respond as to whether the father's parental rights can be terminated. You could file for child abandonment, based on what you have written, if he has not paid child support or seen the child. But I'm not sure if what you have written would... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Georgia on
Q: My 16-year-old daughter wants to be adopted by her stepdad (my husband)

My 16-year-old daughter wants to be adopted by her stepdad (my husband). Her birth father has not paid child support since early 2020, has not seen her since mid-2020 (June or July) and has not contacted her since end of 2020 (December). I have attempted to contact him with no luck in getting... Read more »

Alake Colwell Furlow
Alake Colwell Furlow
answered on Jan 30, 2023

You can contact the father to see if he will sign paperwork to consent to the adoption. You can also file to terminate his parental rights so the child can be adopted. I would seek an attorney who can assist you, as there are some who dedicate a part of their practice to the field of adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: If I was an adopted juvenile and my direct deposits went into my adopted mothers account that I'm not on,

I have a baby on the way its around 14, 000 i could really use. Now im 18 i moved out she kept all my paperwork my phone car money.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 27, 2023

Depends on the source of the monies that your adopted mother received.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Kentucky on
Q: my child is in the process of being in a private adoption but my family is trying to file emergency costudy.

Is it legal for them to try to take a child whose about to be adopted by someone else?

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison
answered on Jan 26, 2023

Only if permitted by the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Support and Divorce for Texas on
Q: Is it wise to set up child support payments to a bank account instead of through the Attorney Generals Office?
Penny Wymyczak-White
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Penny Wymyczak-White
answered on Jan 23, 2023

It is not wise. The other party could claim it was a gift and you may have to pay double. Use the AG and you will not have any issues

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for North Carolina on
Q: Can I adopt in NC with ADHD?
Stephen Edward Robertson
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Stephen Edward Robertson
answered on Jan 18, 2023

According to statute in North Carolina any adult may file to adopt a child. If you want to adopt a child the clerk or judge dealing with special proceeding actions will Order a Home Study. The home study will include the following:

physical and mental health, financial information, the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Mississippi on
Q: Can I be adopted without parental consent?

I am 16 living in MS. My parents are non-abusive but I can not stand living with them anymore. Is there a way I can put myself up for adoption without parental consent?

Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
Melissa L Gardner-Ardoin
answered on Jan 17, 2023

No. You cannot put yourself up for adoption, and you cannot be adopted without the consent of both of your parents, unless a Court has terminated their parental rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for North Dakota on
Q: My child was born in Hong Kong in 2014 out of wedlock. The mother was a Chinese national and " see more information"

My child was born in Hong Kong in 2014 out of wedlock. The mother was a Chinese national and I am a US citizen born and raised in the USA my entire life. I married her in Hong Kong in 2018. I was able to get them both visas ,ir1, and ir2. They are now here in the United States. I would like to get... Read more »

Monica E Rottermann
Monica E Rottermann
answered on Jan 16, 2023

If you are the birth father of the child, then you should be able to file a Form N-600 to obtain a certificate of citizenship. Under the Child Citizenship Act (INA 320) a child born outside of the United States automatically becomes a U.S. citizen when all of the following conditions have been met... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on
Q: Can I adopt my grandson that I have had custody of for 3 years? The dad is in federal prison on drug charges.
Nicholas P. Weiss
Nicholas P. Weiss
answered on Jan 13, 2023

If the father has failed without good cause to see the child OR has failed to provide more than de minimus support for at least one year prior to a petition for adoption, you can obtain adoption over your grandchild without his consent.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Idaho on
Q: Is there an age where a child can choose to be adopted by a step parent in Idaho?

My daughter sees her dad every other weekend. It has been a battle forever. My daughter expresses that she wishes her step dad was her real dad. I don’t want to rush anything but I am concerned that if something happened to me, she would end up with her bio dad where she does not want to be.... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Jan 11, 2023

The only age "restriction" I am aware of is the age a child can be called to testify as a witness. Even this law is flexible, depending on the maturity of the child. However, it would be odd if a Court were to place this huge decision in the hands of a child. At age 9, judges must... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Massachusetts on
Q: I was adopted at 15 years old do I have any legal claims against my biological mother's estate
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 11, 2023

You very well may however some laws vary from state to state (jurisdiction to jurisdiction) and I would recommend that you contact a probate lawyer in your state to discuss this further. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law on
Q: I was adopted at 15 do I have legal rights to my biological mothers estate
Randy Bryan Ligh
Randy Bryan Ligh
answered on Jan 11, 2023

You very well may however some laws vary from state to state (jurisdiction to jurisdiction) and I would recommend that you contact a probate lawyer in your state to discuss this further. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Adoption and Probate for Oklahoma on
Q: I need help locating the Oklahoma statute about children who have been adopted out in regards to intestate succession.

I was told there was a statutue that said children who have been adopted out can still inherit from their biological parents if the parent dies intestate, but I am having trouble locating it to verify if it is correct. Is this correct and can you please help me locate the statute that confirms or... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts
answered on Jan 10, 2023

Yes this is correct. A child who has been adopted inherits from both the biological parent as an equal child share and from the adoptive parent as an equal child share. So long as there is not a will in which specifically omits that child - This is a combination of statutes (Title 84 of OK... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law, Personal Injury and Adoption for Alaska on
Q: How do I get a probono lawyer in alaska or how do I go about obtaining one?
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
answered on Jan 8, 2023

An Alaska attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for two weeks. As a starting point, here is a link to the Alaska Bar Association page - Pro Bono Legal Service Providers

https://alaskabar.org/for-lawyers/pro-bono/pro-bono-legal-service-providers/

This is not an...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Texas on
Q: I have custody of my Niece who is 17 years old since my sister passed. I would like to adopt her. What do I need to do?

Her father isn't in her life like that. He hasn't had custody of her at all in her life. She will be turning 18 on Feb 3rd.

John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
answered on Jan 6, 2023

Wait until Feb 3rd, and then file a petition for adoption in a family district court in Travis County if you both reside there.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Adoption for California on
Q: I want lawyer for my lil brother cause i dont want him in prison anymore
Dale S. Gribow
Dale S. Gribow
answered on Jan 4, 2023

on all criminal cases, the court will appoint a public defender or defense lawyer if you can't afford one.

if the case is over you then need a criminal appellate attorney and most lawyers on this site are not appellate lawyers.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Alabama on
Q: I'm trying to find the petition for withdrawing of adoption

I have gave my cousin my twin daughter because of her son got shot by an officer that same year and she never had a daughter. And I had to get myself together and stable. And she asked about an adoption but I wasn't fully educated on it until now. I thought my me giving her to family I would... Read more »

Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

You would receive notice of an adoption if your parental rights have not been terminated. If you receive notice of an adoption, you can file an answer objecting or not consenting to adoption. If there is not an adoption pending, and she was given legal custody by a court, then you can file a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Alabama on
Q: Will my adopted children factor into the amount of c.s. I pay to my paternal children in Alabama?
Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

If you are paying child support for your adopted children, that will be a factor. However, if you are not paying child support for any other children or alimony to a former spouse, then it would not be considered. I am not sure if you are asking whether the number of people in your family is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Alabama on
Q: My step daughter was adopted by her moms husband can they changer her last name to his?
Hayden Glass Sizemore
Hayden Glass Sizemore
answered on Dec 30, 2022

The short answer is, "yes." If the child was adopted, a name change could have been done during the adoption process.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Idaho on
Q: If cps hasn't shown up, and if the police have ignored all reports of my friends abuse, what other options do they have?

My friend is a 13 year old, soon to be 14 living in moscow idaho, and they have been experiencing terrible physical abuse, emotional abuse, and general neglect from their mother for a while now. Me, a friend, and a staff at the local youth center have all reached out to cps and police, but nothing... Read more »

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
answered on Dec 28, 2022

ONE thing you can NOT do, is take the law into your own hands. IF you try to take your friend away from the abuse, you will be arrested, and I'm sure you know that. However, you could convince your friend to go with you to the police to report the abuse he's been suffering. That might... Read more »

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