The adoption is final. Our lawyer is no longer practicing. How do we get amended birth certificate? Thank you
answered on Nov 22, 2022
The first question is did you amend the birth certificate at the time of adoption. If yes, just request a new copy. If no, you will need to go to court in the state that issued the birth certificate. Speak with a local family lawyer in that jurisdiction (location) for more specific advice on what... Read more »
Living in Florida. I have a child that is not my ex husband's, but the child has his name by default ( as he did not physically sign the birth certificate) been divorced since the child's birth...and we've been out of communication ever since. Fast foward 10yrs, my now husband wants... Read more »
answered on Oct 11, 2022
Florida’s adoption law requires that the consent of both parents be given before a court can make an adoption final.
If one parent does not consent to the adoption, the court will only make the adoption final if it finds that:
✅ The non-consenting parent is unfit
There... Read more »
The biological mother was in and out of jail throughout the minor childs life. The grandparents were given guardianship, since then the mother has passed , the minor child has lived with us 5 years now. Her parental father has been incarcerated her whole life. He got over a 40 year sentence. Now he... Read more »
answered on Jul 21, 2022
You need to look at whatever documents gave you guardianship. This is a specialized area of law. You should look for a consultation with a local attorney that does dependency. In general, the legal standard that the court follows is what is in the best interests of the child. It sounds like you are... Read more »
I have changed my name but I want my original birth record and baptismal cert with my family name. The adoption did not work out. Now everyone is dead mom step and dad. For emotional and mental reasons to die knowing I have been reunited with my family with my true Id returned to me. Can someone... Read more »
answered on Jun 16, 2022
If you are looking for advice on how to find your biological parents or their relatives, this is the wrong forum for that - it's not a legal issue. Look for organizations that help people with that issue. If you locate your biological parents and wish to be adopted by them, and they are... Read more »
I’m 17 and adopted I’ve been living with these people for about 6 year I wouldn’t even say living they won’t let me stay with them any more they put me in other locations to stay with people even to another state at one point I’ve never liked these people from the start they lie To people... Read more »
answered on Apr 26, 2023
A stepparent (spouse of a parent) is not the same as an adoptive parent. If you were adopted in a Florida court, you would legally be their child, and subject to their control until you turn 18. You might want to see about getting emancipated.
She used the attorney to adopt child and got “cost of living expenses “ (10k). My husband is the biological father. The ex was in jail when my husband motioned court for paternity and she wrote a letter saying he wasn’t father and that she adopted him out. After that they dismissed his... Read more »
answered on Dec 9, 2022
If the order of dismissal was based in jurisdiction, chances are that the court is not where the child lived at the time of the adoption petition. Contact an attorney licensed to practice law in that state.
I’m interested in kinship adoption if that is an option.
answered on Oct 17, 2022
A child of your first cousin (grandchild of your grandparents other than you or your siblings) would be your first cousin once removed (Your second cousins would be descendants of your great-grandparents.), but yes, it's possible to adopt her.
When DCF came to me out of nowhere and asked if I can take him cause the family that has him cant handle him. I have the adoption papers as well. I haven't seen my son since he was 1yrs old. I could've had my son this entire time.
answered on Oct 11, 2022
Contact a lawyer as soon as possible to know if you can still move to reverse the adoption.
The court ordered DNA when she wanted child support money. He is still not on birth certificate, but now 13 years later and his sentence is 40 years. His half sister found him in prison when their father died. Didn't even know of each other. Now she has hired him a lawyer in prison and he... Read more »
answered on Jul 21, 2022
If the father is in prison for 40 years then I am not sure that I understand your concern. Please speak to a local family lawyer that specializes in dependency for more specific advice.
My husband wants to adopt my son. We have been married for 7 years and my son’s biological father isn’t on his birth certificate, has never met him, hasn’t made contact in over 4 years, and has never paid child support. My son is 9 years old now. When we asked for the biological father to... Read more »
answered on Jul 5, 2022
The court may find that the consent of the biological father is not required, but you have to give him notice of the adoption petition.
I am adopting my wife's 5 year old. We already have a daughter together. Mom is the only one that's ever had rights. The biological father has signed over his rights, isn't on the birth certificate, and there is no custody agreement. Can we finish the Florida adoption with a new Texas address?
answered on Apr 4, 2022
Yes, you should be able to. You haven't indicated if you have an attorney representing you; if so ask the attorney. If not, contact the judge's judicial assistant about scheduling a hearing, perhaps on Zoom.
Bio mother is deceased. Bio dad allowed adoption to take place. I took custody of my non-bio granddaughter and then adopted her. Grandfather is becoming increasingly mentally unstable and has threatened court even though I allow him to see his granddaughter quite often. There may come a time when... Read more »
answered on Feb 17, 2022
Pursuant to Florida law grandparents have no direct legal right to timesharing with a grandchild.
answered on Feb 16, 2022
In Florida, an unwed mother has full rights to a child unless or until the father comes forward to assert his legal rights through paternity. That being said, you need to speak to a local adoption attorney for more specific advice as this can be a more complicated issue.
My child has been staying with an unrelated caregiver for a couple of years now. I wish to go pick the child up. No court documents have been filed and everything is still in my name. Can the person caring for the child retaliate in some way even though they have no legal rights to the child?
answered on Feb 14, 2022
This is a complicated legal issue that you should discuss directly with a local family/ adoption attorney. If they are living in a different state then that other state's laws may apply as well.
Fosters want to adopt 3siblings and stop all visitation. They are 9,7,7,6yrs old.. everything I read goes against cutting sibling ties, do I file contempt? Will the respondent be the foster agency or foster parents?
I have a 9 year old daughter that my boyfriend has been helping me raise since she was almost 2 years old. Her biological father hasn't really been present in her life for the past 4 years. He isn't on child support, he doesn't help provide for her, and rarely contacts her. Without... Read more »
answered on Nov 19, 2021
The biological father would need to cooperate and terminate his parental rights. You should consult with a local adoption attorney as this is possible but can be a complicated process.
answered on Oct 11, 2021
I am sorry for your loss on the passing of your mom, please accept my condolences. The answer to your questions is generally yes if you were named in a Will or Trust or if the estate was intestate (without a Will) then you can reference Florida Statute 732.108 (c) Adoption of a child by a close... Read more »
I will soon be having a baby through at home insemination Via sperm donor. Me and the sperm donor agreed to sign his Rights away. How do I go about this? And how do I get a contract. Also would that paper work hold up in court if it came down to it? I’m not familiar with Florida law bc I’m not... Read more »
answered on Oct 1, 2021
I'm amused by your description of old fashioned copulation. Whether an agreement to waive paternal rights may or may not hold up in court.
And, as to the paperwork being signed by a same-sex couple, I assume both partners are women, one of them being the birth mother and the other... Read more »
My ex is in prison he has been there for a few years and will remain there for many more years the children will be in their late teens/adults when he gets out. He was never really involved in their life beforehand and is all for terminating his rights and allowing my husband to adopt children! My... Read more »
answered on Jul 29, 2021
You should consult with an attorney to determine if a Step-Parent Adoption can be done in your case. If you and the biological Father are in agreement with your husband adopting the children, there should not be any major issues with the adoption process.
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