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Q: Can my ex-husband adopt my 23 year old daughter? In Louisiana how much would it cost. Bio dad passed. All parties agree
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 18, 2020

Yes for an adult adoption no relation by blood or marriage is necessary.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How can my boyfriend adopt my daughter?

My daughter is almost 2yrs old and no father on the birth certificate, bio father has not been in contact since before her birth. My boyfriend has been the sole provider and father to her since birth. How can my boyfriend adopt her? I have looked for three days to find answers and have been unable... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 11, 2020

Your boyfriend cannot adopt your daughter. But if you were married, your husband could.

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Q: Can a 16 year old request to nullify an adoption if I wish to have contact with biological parents?

adopted when i was 10. adoptive parents and i have a on and off good relationship. Our relationship is good when we both treat each other fairly. It goes bad when they go and search for something to get mad about. And everytime something happens they say that If i continue down this road I will... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 29, 2020

You can't nullify a 6 year old adoption. Too late. Prove your maturity:

1) get on birth control,

2) get Guardasil vaccination,

3) get good grades,

4) study for ACT & SAT.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: 8 y/o child, bio dad is not on birth cert and has never seen her. hubs of 3 years (7 together) wants to adopt. Advise?

Bio dad has never been around and haven’t spoken since pregnancy. What kind of lawyer do we need to speak with and what steps should we/will we have to take?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 22, 2020

If bio Dad has never paid child suppoet, then hire an adoption lawyer. Go to the Sheriff's or State Police Office and tell them hubby needs fingerprints run for adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: I have a granddaughter i been taking care of SHE IS 2 YRS AND I HAVE HAD HER SINCE SHE WAS 9 MONTHS.

My daughter was so bad on drugs. Her oldest two boys her first HUSBAND has them and she is not aloud to be with them alone at all. I have daughter since she was 9 months. She is 2. heHER boyfriend had a 12 yr old let her live with me for a year,paid for everything for those 2 kId. She moved back... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 17, 2020

Hire a juvenile court lawyer to get her back

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My fiancé stepdaughter he has since two would like to be adopted by him but she is 18 is that still possible
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 15, 2020

We have adult adoption in Louisiana. If you are the mother, then get married first. Then hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a court force an intrafamily adoption on me (i.e. give my daughter to her step dad).

I have paid child support in the last 6 months and I have tried to see my daughter though her mother has refused, now she has filed for intra family adoption. Can the Court still order the intra family adoption go through even though I've tried to see her and can prove so and have paid child support

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 9, 2020

1) hire an adoption lawyer to file an opposing,

2) find proof of 6 months of child support,

3) print every request you made to see your child.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How do I adopt girlfriends children before marriage?

A disavowal from previous marriage has been completed and biological father refuses to acknowledge paternity. We are getting married in the future but want to get the adoption process started

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 7, 2020

Get married, then hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If i have custody of my child and the father refused to pay child support or see/contact child can i file abandonment

Court granted me full custody about 2 years ago and the other parent has not seen or tried to see his child. He does not want him and has agreed to sign rights over if i pay for it. I do not have the money so was wondering about filing abandonment on other parent to terminate his rights

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 1, 2020

He can't "sign over his rights" unless there is a new parent to step into his place. In other words, if you get married, your husband can adopt if the bio Dad has paid no support and failed to visit.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: If a child is adopted by her step father in Louisiana and the biological father has been ordered to pay child support.

Does the child support obligation continue with the biological father after the child has been adopted or does the payments cease?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 30, 2020

Payment ceases with adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I can I get sole custody of my son if his mother hasnt attempted to make contact with him in over a year or longer

I have sole custody of my 10 year old and joint with my 12 year old. Their mother has never helped to support them and hasnt tried contacting them in well over a year. I would like to let my wife adopt them since she has been with them since my oldest son is 3.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 12, 2020

If your sons agree, you can hire an adoption lawyer to accomplish this.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: What is the best way for intrafamily adoption and termination of fathers right?

My ex-husband and sons father has filed a judgment for contempt on me for not allowing him visitation with his son. He has not spoke or saw his son since Sept 2018. I kept him from him after the fathers girlfriend/ heroin dealer sold pills while with som and later was arrested in husbands car with... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 11, 2020

If he is requesting visitation at this time, then you are not going to be able to terminate his rights and your husband adopt.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My nieces is 9, I have had her since she was 2 months, Can I petition the courts for custody.

I have been raising my niece since she was 2months old without any assistance from my brother (her father) or mother. Occasionally, her mother comes around and then disappears again, my brother comes around but interacts with her more like an Uncle then her dad. I want to be able to provide... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 8, 2020

Hire a custody or even an adoption attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How can my brother get full custody of his kids if his kids mother is deceased?

My brother girlfriend died in March, he’s not on his kids birth certificates but he has the kids and I’m helping him. How do I go about legally adopting them or help him get full custody (either one would work for us)

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 5, 2020

He needs to hire a custody lawyer to file for filiation, custody and possibly tutorship, if there is a social security claim or life insurance involved.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Trying to adopt

I am raising a child that’s not biologically mines since birth & she’s 8. What can I do to adopt if birth mom not replying

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 1, 2020

Hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My girlfriend has a 2 year old daughter. The father has not been in the picture ever. No contact. Nothing.

He isn’t on the birth certificate and he moved cross country and is now married with another child. His current wife is trying to contact us and threatening with court so he can see his child. Who he has never seen. Can he get custody? And as her boyfriend do we have to be married for me to... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 28, 2020

Yes you have to be married to adopt. If he gets visitation and pays child support, that will prevent adoption.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: My daughter is 15 years old currently lives with me. I am on her birth certificate. How do I get full custody as a dad?

She lived with her mom until about 2 months ago. Her mom does not want to be responsible for her any longer and wants off of her birth certificate. Her mom also wants my wife and me to adopt her. As her father, I do not see why I would adopt my own child. Her mom states that if I do not adopt her... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jul 24, 2020

While you would not have to adopt her, you and her mother would have to consent to your wife adopting. An intrafamily adoption is a fairly simple and affordable process. An attorney that handles adoptions can fill you in on the process and costs.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: If my rights where terminated and my father adopted my daughter can I get her back she's 15 now and wants to be with me
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 14, 2020

Your rights were terminated when she was adopted and you can't get her back until she is 18.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Hello, I am 22 and live in Louisiana and I am trying to figure out how would I go about doing an adult adoption

The adoptee will my aunt and her husband. The reason being is because I have physical disabilities and whenever it flares up I lose the ability to speak and my birth mother isn’t stable enough to be making decisions for me on my behalf

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 13, 2020

Because she is a relative, you can do an Intrafamily Adult Adoption by Acknowledged Act. Contact an EXPERIENCED adoption attorney. I just saw an adult adoption bungled by a non-experienced family law attorney.

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Do I need an attorney? My husband wants to adopt my son and the biological dad is willing to relinquish his rights.

The biological dad lives in California and hasn't had anything to do with my son for 9 years. My husband and I live in Louisiana. We don't know if there's anyway we can represent ourselves, or if we just have to have an attorney.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 23, 2020

I strongly recommend hiring a lawyer to handle your intrafamily adoption. The requirements for an adoption are specific, and a simple mistake can make the adoption invalid. Intrafamily adoptions are quicker and generally are less costly than a private adoption.

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