She is currently in a juvenile detention center. Her parents thinks she is troublesome and does not want her home, especially if she doesn't want to be there. We have built a bond and I have been her mentor/support and she has made tremendous improvements.
I have a younger foster sister (who is biologically my niece) still with the foster family I was with. If the foster parents are willing to sign my foster sister into my custody is that the best way to go for her to be with me or is it best to try and do a relative adoption? I'm in Gulf shores al
Hello. I would assume your foster parents have temporary custody pending the location of a viable adoption for your niece. DHR is likely involved as well. You would need to contact your neice's DHR caseworker and them s/he he know you want to adopt her. DHR will investigate you and your home life...Read more »
A person is a minor until age 19 in Alabama. So it would not be an adult adoption. This sounds like it would be a familial adoption and as long as you and the minor have been living in the same house for 12 months, then you could file for adoption. You would need consent from both biological...Read more »
Could be adoption or guardianship. You should seek out a family law attorney in your area who can discuss your specific situation and give you complete advice on which option is best for you and the child. Best of luck!
Yes. If parental rights have not been terminated the parents can always come back and petition the court for a return of custody. It can be a long and difficult process but it is possible. Grandparents can get rights to visitation under a vary narrow set of circumstances exist and may be...Read more »
Bio dad hasn't spoken to him in 1 year. Even after going to court in May he has made 0 effort to call,or text our son. Visitation has not been set up as our judge is making us go to a parenting class. We are being sent to a child first class, however we were.never married, but he's on the birth... Read more »
If he has not supported the child with money, contact or anything else for a period of 6 months or more you can attempt to terminate his rights on the ground of abandonment. The fact that you were not married, etc, is not relevant. If he has abandoned the child you can attempt to terminate his...Read more »
She voluntarily gave her rights to us almost 2 years ago. Father is deceased. Before this we had temporary custody for a year. Now she wants to be mom. She is allowed to see him 4 hours a week. She never makes the effort to come. We have to take him. Now she’s threatening us for her rights back.
In a word, no -- unless her parental rights were terminated by an order of the Juvenile Court. In all likelyhood, she gave custody to you. She can go to the appropriate Court and ask for custody of the child
You have no idea what a mess you are about to make. The mother retains her rights to the child. What are you going to do when she decides she wants the child back when he or she is about 2-years old? What if the biological father of the child decides the same thing? Have you ever done an...Read more »
You don't have to terminate to adopt, but it is often the best way to go. You can show in the Probate Court that the parents have abandoned the child. Two years is plenty. DOn't wait any longer. Either file a petition to adopt without the consent of the parents, or file a Petition in Juvenile to...Read more »
I am 24 married with two kids my little brother that is 15 ask my husband and I if we would get custody of him are parents are separated and are mother said she would sign me her rights... but the question is how do I go about getting my dads rights if he won’t let me.?
Adoption and name-changes are two very different things in the eyes of the law. If it's an adoption, then you would need the father to willingly terminate his rights, or file a motion to terminate parental rights. If it is a name change only, then he would also likely need to consent, but it may be...Read more »
Property was my grandparents,left to my mother,sold in a tax sale for pass due property taxes while in a lengthy probate case on all property of my grandparents and then she passed before claiming the property who now has the rights to claim the property also she had no will and I was adopted by my... Read more »
I am assuming the property is in Alabama. The right to redeem on the property goes to the person who holds a mortgage on the property or to the person who owned the property at the time the tax sale was held. If that person has died, then the right devolves to the person's heirs at law. You would...Read more »
She is 15. He does not live in the same state as us, and we have had no contact with each other and when she was 5 we filed a police report about sexual abuse against him but nothing ever happened to him they said they could not prove it and she hasn't seen him since
Yes. You should terminate his parental rights in a case like this -- I believe. You can do an adoption without doing that, but I prefer to terminate when I don't have an agreement. It may be different if your Probate COurt has equity power (assuming you are in Jefferson County) In any event. NEVER...Read more »
She spent months in our home , and now she's with the grandmother's ex boyfriend living in a camper , and dhr in Cullman is OK with this .. she's 6 I think . My home is paid for, active in church , own my business ... But mostly I love this child I want to see her become all she can .Enjoy and... Read more »
Adopt my son and my ex husband is willing to sign his rights over but wants me to have back child support dropped and what he has to pay the state dropped before he signs his rights over. What's the best way to deal with this situation? He can't and won't show up before a judge because he was a... Read more »
YOu can "drop" the back child support. THe child support is a final judgment of the Court and will stick no matter what. You don't have to pursue it, but you can't drop it. If he does not want to sign-- so what. File a Petition to Terminate his rights in the Juvenile Court. Make sure he gets...Read more »
He lives with an abusive grandmother. The mother runs the streets and the supposed father has multiple drug related arrests. The mothers only interest would be during tax season. Proof of mental abuse can be easily proven through taped instances, and questioning of both her and the child.
my ex lives in Alabama I live in Pennsylvania she has been arrested on drug charges I want to file for custody and to establish that I am her father, I have the DNA results from a state certified DNA service. do I have to be present for such hearings and or too start the filing process to go about... Read more »
I had a daughter with my ex who lives in South alabama 7 years ago we had agreed I would have partial custody (verbal not through court) then she started making bizarre demands and after finding out she was addicted to cocaine and meth I said I was going to seek full custody at which she... Read more »
You can't make agreements about children "not through Court" you should file an action in the Court in Alabama (if that is where the child lives) and seek to have paternity established in you. You can file for custody, but the court is going to make that hard for you because you have no...Read more »
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