Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: We are adopting my niece do we have to have a lawyer or can we go in front of a judge without a lawyer

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
For the sake of your niece, use a lawyer. Neither you nor she wants to be confronted with a claim the adoption wasn't done properly 3, 5 or 10 years from now, so she must be surrendered by you to be raised by someone else. Every detail must be done right. I repeat, every detail. Hire a lawyer with experience doing adoptions.
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Q: Married to a drug addict who is being pimped out. she has disappeared for months. The father lives in Jamaica.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Florida on
Answered on Apr 18, 2018
Terrence H Thorgaard's answer
So you want to adopt your step-daughter? What exactly is your question?
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Q: How can I get legal custody of my 2 great-nephews whose mother and 2yr old sister were just killed in an auto accident?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Wrongful Death for Minnesota on
Answered on Apr 17, 2018
D. Patrick McCullough's answer
Very, very sad for you. You should consider hiring an experienced family law attorney to help you. These type of proceeding are quite complicated and you will need expert help.
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Q: Can I legally get back child support for my daughter prior to her adoption by my husband?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Support and Family Law for Indiana on
Answered on Apr 16, 2018
Alexander Florian Steciuch's answer
Assuming your attempts to collect back child support are within Indiana law, yes. Please be aware that there are statute of limitations for collecting back child support after a certain age, emancipation or adoption.
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Q: Does total compliance count in permanvcy

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Answered on Apr 14, 2018
Leonard R. Boyer's answer
You have to provide a lot more information and ask a meaningful question.
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Q: I need help, what can I do ?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Adoption, Child Support and Education Law for California on
Answered on Apr 14, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
Difficult situation. However, in the future, if you fall in love with and marry a US citizen, your spouse could sponsor you for a green card.
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Q: Can an independent adoption be done in Florida without an attorney?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Florida on
Answered on Apr 13, 2018
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Q: How long do I need to have custody of a child before I can file for adoption?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 13, 2018
Ellen Cronin Badeaux's answer
6 months for family members. However, you can file for custody immediately.
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Q: I have custody of 6 and 4 year old girls thier whole lives the mom isn’t aloud to be alone with them I have never

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for New Jersey on
Answered on Apr 12, 2018
Leonard R. Boyer's answer
You have to indicate whether you are in NJ or PA, which is not clear. I cannot address PA law, but given your facts, if true you may be successful. Do not let geographic restrictions get in the way of retaining the best attorney. Pick the best attorney you can find and remember one rule: a good attorney is generally never cheap, and a cheap attorney is generally never good so don't choose based on price.
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Q: I’m trying to find out how to go about adopting a child I have guardianship of for 2 years.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 12, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
You need to talk to an attorney about filing. You are going to need to file and get the parents served. To do so, you need to find them.
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Q: My 10 month old granddaughter has been with me since the day she was born and now her motowants her back, do I have any

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 12, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
You could file a custody or visitation action depending on the circumstances. You have to give the child back now. You have to grounds to keep the child at this point. Talk to an attorney about your options.
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Q: Will we fail a homestudy 4 marijuana possesion charges(most recent 2 yrs ago) and a theft by receiving(20 yrs ago) charg

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Adoption for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 11, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
No one can answer that for you. Home studies are done on a case by case basis.
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Q: What if the guardians/adopted parents are sociopathic and pry into the adopted child's life?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Ohio on
Answered on Apr 11, 2018
Joseph Jaap's answer
If the person is no longer a minor, but is still under a guardianship, then the person should go to probate court to seek to have the guardians removed. Once removed or replaced, the person could then also remove their names from all financial accounts and set a credit lock with the credit bureaus so they can no longer gain access to money.
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Q: We signed our daughter over to my mother after ocs battle and my mother won't let us be apart of my daughters life.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Alaska on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Stefan Otterson's answer
Your rights depend on the paperwork you signed. If you agreed to a guardianship then the visitation provisions in the order can be enforced, or if there are no specifics, then visitation can be reviewed by the court at your request, and visitation provisions can be added. If you signed a relinquishment so that your daughter could be adopted, then there is no option for court review unless you specifically reserved visitation rights in the relinquishment you signed, and the court included...
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Q: I'm getting married soon and my wife wants to adopt my kids but how would we go about it

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Texas on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Robert W. Leonard Jr.'s answer
Contact a local family law attorney to work with you on the adoption. The attorney will prepare the appropriate documents for the biological father to sign, and prepare the documents needed for the court.

Your spouse will have to submit to a criminal background check and the court will assign a social worker to conduct a study of your living environment.

The process is pretty simple if the father agrees. If he does not agree or changes his mind, it becomes a lawsuit and you...
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Q: I was born in china and given up for adoption for the 1 child policy. If i went back and found my mom qhat would happen?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Criminal Law for Louisiana on
Answered on Apr 10, 2018
Jingzhan Wang's answer
were you adopted abroad by other people? do you mean that you want to come back to be registered as his child in China?
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Q: I have a few questions to do with immigration and sponsor issues..I was "adopted" bit really I only had a sponsor

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
The following web page may be helpful to you: https://www.shusterman.com/adoption/
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Q: Can we win custody of non relation child we raise over 4 years? mother out of prison and want her back.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Illinois on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
James G. Ahlberg's answer
You really need to meet with a competent family law attorney as quickly as possible. There are too many "ifs, ands, buts and on the other hands" to give you a good answer without having the chance to ask probing questions to get at the details of what you've written.
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Q: My court hearing with dfcs is tomorrow. can i go to courthouse today and request a attorney or is it too late?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Gov & Administrative Law and Juvenile Law for Georgia on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
P. Justin Thrailkill's answer
You need to speak with an attorney ASAP. If this is a permanency hearing, you should've already been afforded the opportunity to get a court appointed attorney. If you have not, ask for one tomorrow. They will have to determine if you qualify for a court appointed attorney, so they may have to continue the hearing IF you haven't already applied and been denied, or if you haven't refused at an earlier hearing.
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Q: Adoption with bench warrant for misdemeanor domestic violence assault

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Domestic Violence for Texas on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Kiele Linroth Pace's answer
Any resolution to the Colorado case should be reviewed by a Texas Adoption Attorney BEFORE you accept the deal. Sometimes a tiny change can make a huge difference.
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