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Q: I'm 42 years old and my biological father is unknown, even says so on my Birth Certificate. My step dad raised me.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on Jun 28, 2015

Answered on Jun 30, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
It will certainly be easier if you use a lawyer, but as long as this is a mutually desired thing and no one is objecting, you can probably get it done yourselves. The prospective adoptive parent needs to file a petition in domestic relations court. Also, if money is a concern, call your local legal aid society office. They may have form petitions for this sort of thing, which will get you started.

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Q: What's the adoption process

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on Jun 24, 2015

Answered on Jun 26, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
The Adoption process in Georgia is very technical and complicated if you are not an attorney who specializes in that area of law. In order to make sure that everything is done properly, it would be money well spent to hire an attorney to assist you so that it is done properly or the court will reject anything that you try to do on your own.

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Q: How can I get my daughter back into my care after she was adopted

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on May 19, 2015

Answered on May 21, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
More facts are needed to even begin to answer this question. Basically, this can be done if the adoption was fraudulent, perhaps.

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Q: Will a lawyer help me fill out adoption petitions and report of adoptions for free?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on Apr 20, 2015

Answered on May 12, 2015

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Neville Bedford's answer
If you qualify for free legal services, you may well find an attorney to assist you through Rhode Island Legal Service or the Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program. If you can afford to hire an attorney, that would be your best avenue. Adoptions are rather a specialized area of practice and the fees you will pay are a sound investment in ensuring your child's future is secured properly.

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Q: I have a daughter age 17 who has a terminal disease JHD and pregnant. How do I go about adoption of my granddaughter.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Mar 20, 2015

Answered on Mar 22, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Adoption may not be the best route to go. It might be better to seek temporary custody by extended family. Go see a family attorney about these matters.

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Q: How do I adopt my stepson?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Georgia on Mar 18, 2015

Answered on Mar 19, 2015

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Julie A. Rice's answer
Adoptions in Georgia are highly technical. It is in your best interest to hire an attorney that is very familiar with the adoption process or you could waste valuable time and efforts trying to figure it out yourself. At any rate, the mother will need to waive her parental rights to the child in order for you to be successful in the adoption. She may or may not be willing to do this. If she isn't, then you should make sure that she at least pays child support for the child.

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Q: I want my step dad to apopt me , how much does this cost in Florida?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Mar 5, 2015

Answered on Mar 6, 2015

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Your step father, and mother, should go see a family attorney in your area. Some attorneys do not charge a lot for doing this, and I think the court costs are around $400.

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Q: Im 21 of age, i haven't spoken to my real parent for years and i was wondering if i can get adopted by my friend.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on Feb 13, 2015

Answered on Feb 13, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
Perhaps. Read this: https://www.ohiobar.org/ForPublic/Resources/LawYouCanUse/Pages/LawYouCanUse-475.aspx

The court will want to know that a parent-child like relationship between you and the person adopting you existed while you were a minor. This may be difficult to show, given that he is only two years older than you. You can always change your name.

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Q: What steps do I take to adopt my husbands baby in Ohio? Her mother passed away when she was 2 mo old.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on Feb 7, 2015

Answered on Feb 8, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
https://www.ohiobar.org/forpublic/resources/lawyoucanuse/pages/lawyoucanuse-204.aspx

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Q: Can I get a child back in my custody that's been adopted

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on Feb 6, 2015

Answered on Feb 8, 2015

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Matthew Williams' answer
Probably not. If the adoption has been finalized and there was no fraud or duress involved and the adoptive parents have a stable, safe home environment, there is little chance of having the child returned to your custody unless they agree to do so.

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Q: Our 16 yr old adopted daughter wants to be un-adopted. Can this be done in RI ?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Rhode Island on Jan 1, 2015

Answered on Feb 5, 2015

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Neville Bedford's answer
UN-adopted children become wards of the state and are likely to end up in the custody of DCYF. This may not be the optimal situation and the Judges in the family court are not generally inclined to leave a child "parent-less" excepting some extreme situations. Meet with A family Court attorney fluent in adoptions and discuss possible alternatives.

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Q: How long is notarized consent good for before you must file for adoption in Ohio

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Ohio on Dec 28, 2014

Answered on Dec 30, 2014

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Matthew Williams' answer
There is no specific time limit. However, consent can be withdrawn under certain circumstances.

3107.084 Withdrawing consent.

(A) A consent to adoption is irrevocable and cannot be withdrawn after the entry of an interlocutory order or after the entry of a final decree of adoption when no interlocutory order has been entered. The consent of a minor is not voidable by reason of the minor's age.

(B) A consent to adoption may be withdrawn prior to the entry of an...

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Q: If i am my little cousin legal guardian and she's 17 how can i adopt her to help her out because she's not from the u.s

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Dec 25, 2014

Answered on Dec 26, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
See an adoption attorney as well as an immigration attorney about this.

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Q: I was adopted 36yrs ago in a Miami-Dade Court. I want to get my records. How do I do that?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Nov 6, 2013

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
The best thing to do is go to a local attorney regarding this matter.

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Q: I was duped by my husbands daughter to adopt her as an adult - I found out it was to get back at her birth mother

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on May 28, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Probably not, but since she is an adult, you are not responsible for her. You might want to make sure that you have a will and that this person inherits nothing from you.

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Q: Im currently living in florida. There is a young lady who is giving me her baby to raise,she lives in georgia. What type

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Jul 15, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
Either a formal guardianship, for which you will need an attorney, or an adoption, for which you will also need an attorney.

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Q: Is there any way to contest the adoption of your child in Florida if I don't file on time?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on Jul 22, 2014

Answered on Dec 16, 2014

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Robert Jason De Groot's answer
You gave no facts, just a question. The facts are very important and asking questions without giving enough facts is like telling you to make meatloaf without the meat.

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