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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment for Kentucky on
Q: If my girlfriend has an open cps case against her parents can they give their parental rights to my grandmother?

She is 16, I am 17, and my grandma has already talked to the social worker and said that would work, but her parents just now decided they would go through with it and I dont know if they will hold onto that. So if they do then how long would it take before my girlfriend lives with my grandma? If... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 18, 2021

No.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Q: My son is now 19 , my mother adopted him when I went to Prison. He now wants to reverse it , or have his original mom

Put back on his Birth Certificate. What’s the cheapest way to do this ??

Michael D. Birchmore
Michael D. Birchmore answered on May 17, 2021

Just have him change his name by filing for a name change through the court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Florida on
Q: If you had a child that was adopted are you allowed to have the original copy being the biological parent

I have my son adopted in November of court issues I'm trying to attain a copy of my son's birth certificate to show the IRS that I had my son for the first part of the year how do I go about doing that

Linda Liang
Linda Liang answered on May 17, 2021

Contact the Bureau of Vital Statistics. They offer walk-in or mail-in services. To save time, download and complete the forms you need. The Bureau of Vital Statistics may be reached at (904) 359-6900, ext. 9000.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio on
Q: If my daughters biological dad hasn’t been in her life and is in prison for 5 years can my current boyfriend adopt her

Without his consent. He hasn’t been in her life at all hardly since she was born he has made threats and death threats to my family , his daughter and I

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 17, 2021

You and you boyfriend must get married before adoption is allowed.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Idaho on
Q: How do you change a minors last name

My 10 year old daughter wants to change her last name to her stepfather's. Her biological father has not been in her life since she was 8 months old. We have a child support order against him but he hasnt paid in 7 years. What can I do?

Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers answered on May 13, 2021

The fact that her father hasn't had any contact with her since she was 8 months old, DUE TO A NO CONTACT ORDER, against the father, is problematic. The fact that he hasn't paid CS in 7 years is irrelevant to your question. Idaho has a statute regarding name change. It is found in Title... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Military Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Florida on
Q: My wife is a disabled veteran and has 9 year old daughter. We are looking to try for me to adopt her

The father has not been in her life since she was 1, and has had no contact nor attempted to contact her. I understand that these kind of adoption can cost quite a bit, and given my wife's disability, we don't have that kind of extra money. So I'm asking if there are any pro bono... Read more »

Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on May 11, 2021

You can actually do this without an attorney if you are unable to locate a pro bono attorney. Here is the link to the forms from the Florida Courts website:... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Ohio on
Q: if I leave my mom & goto my grandma & tell mom I don't want to live with her can she call the cops for "kidnapping"
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams answered on May 11, 2021

She can call the cops sure. But that's not kidnapping. However, you risk being adjudicated unruly or delinquent, and if your grandmother helps you, she could be charged with an offense called interference with custody. In other words, your mother has a legal right to custody and if you just up... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Florida on
Q: What happens is an Attorney is refusing to sign the Affidavit of expenses and receipts?
Tami Lane Augen
Tami Lane Augen answered on May 11, 2021

It is unclear what you are asking. If you can clarify your question, it may be possible that you will receive answers. Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My perental rights have been terminated and I l would like to see about getting a open adoption on Michigan?
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on May 10, 2021

Are you looking to adopt a different child? If your parental rights have been terminated, you face a significant uphill battle. First, you have no say in who can adopt your child or children; nor can a court direct it. Second, if your rights have been terminated, you almost certainly are on Central... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Ohio on
Q: I live with my Aunt and Uncle, but my Aunt has full custody over me. She is very toxic and mainly Verbally Abusive

But i cant prove she is abusive. Ever since she got custody of me at i think the age of 3, there has never been any love and its always been basically hell. When i was younger i was constantly grounded and had to stand up with my nose pressed against a fridge for days or months on end. Because of... Read more »

Joseph Jaap
Joseph Jaap answered on May 10, 2021

Never trust people you meet on-line - even though they seem nice. Those kinds of things end up as tragedies on the news -- or else somebody disappears and is never heard from again. Talk to a teacher, school counselor, or other trusted adult about the situation at home and the people you met on... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Arkansas on
Q: Can a termination of parental rights stand if there is insufficiency of process services?
Geoffrey D. Kearney
Geoffrey D. Kearney answered on May 10, 2021

As is so often the case in legal matters, it depends. Arkansas law, like that of many states, takes the obligation to serve a responding party quite seriously, and failure to serve can be a basis for reversal on appeal. However, Arkansas’ appellate courts are also strict about the circumstances... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Immigration Law for Colorado on
Q: Filing immigrant petition for family member

I'm a green card holder and would like to file an immigrant petition for my sister's child who resides outside the USA. Please how do I go about it and is it possible for a green card holder to do that? Thank you all

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on May 9, 2021

As a U.S. resident you can file a relative petition (FORM I-130) on behalf of your spouse and unmarried children. Hence you can not file a relative petition on behalf of your sister’s child. You will have to find another option for your relative.

Best of luck to you.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Ohio on
Q: I am a female in a domestic partnership. My partner has a son and the father is unknown.

How would my partner go about establishing custody or be able to get custody papers? It isn't something we've encountered until this year. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp answered on May 7, 2021

You can check with the putative father registry. You can find information here:

https://jfs.ohio.gov/pfr/

Best of luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for South Carolina on
Q: Can I possibly takeover custody of a baby that dss placed with his aunt?

He was born addicted to cocaine. Dss placed him with his aunt . I am not a blood relative. But my kids are. So dss placed him with her but I have him 6 nights a week and she has him 1. When thwy went to court back in Jan, his guardian ad litem asked the judge to place him with me. But instead they... Read more »

Megan Hunt Dell
Megan Hunt Dell answered on May 7, 2021

Under South Carolina law, when children are removed from a home, there is an order of preference for where the children should be placed (with family or not). If you wish to seek custody of this child, you should seek the advice of a lawyer experienced with DSS cases and third-party custody claims.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for South Carolina on
Q: I would like to be adopted by my step dad. I am almost 50 now my mother is passed away. But I have always had this need
Megan Hunt Dell
Megan Hunt Dell answered on May 7, 2021

South Carolina Family Court will allow an adult to be adopted by another adult. You should seek the advice of a lawyer who is experienced in handling adult adoptions.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: what are my rights as a grandparent if paternity hasnt been established
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 6, 2021

You don’t have any rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I want to adopt my soon to be 18 year old step daughter

Me and my wife have been for 9 years i want to adopt my daughter i have been helping raise her sonce she was 2 years old and i know the biological father will not sign the paperwork what can i do? He has not paid child support in about 4 years he hasn't even seen her in 2 years

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 4, 2021

The biological father does not have to agree. Hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Appeals / Appellate Law and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: if i was in rehab 2019 and my rights werte terminated what can i do
Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

Depends on whether you were properly served with the petition for termination while you were in rehab.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Kentucky on
Q: Can I adopt stepsons without their biological mothers consent? What are the steps we need to take to do this?

I have been raising my step sons for the last 9 years, they are 15 and a set of 12 yr old triplets, they have been asking for me to adopt them so that i can be their "real" mom. My husband has full custody of them. Their biological mother is supposed to have supervised visitations and pay... Read more »

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

You have to file an involuntary petition to terminate the parental rights and adopt the children.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Kentucky on
Q: Me and my ex husband have permanent custody of his great niece. How do I terminate the mothers rights?

I have her 99% of the time and I want to adopt her. But we both want her rights terminated and want to adopt her.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on May 1, 2021

You file a petition to terminate the mothers parental rights and adopt the child.

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