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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My husband and I have sole custody of his niece for 2 years. She has lived with us for almost 6yrs. No father listed.

The mother is in and out of jail and on and off drugs. She has left her and her sister alone all night at very young ages. She will at times go months without contact and has never supported her as long as we have had her. What do we have to do to adopt her.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 26, 2019

Hire an adoption attorney and if she hasn't seen her daughter for 6 months, it should go smoothly.

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Q: I am looking to have my husband, my sons step father adopt my son. His biological father left when he was 4 weeks old.

Can you tell me what needs to be done and what I am looking at cost wise?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 14, 2019

Attorneys can't quote prices on Justia. Hire an adoption attorney. Have your husband do a criminal background check for adoption at the State Police.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Louisiana on
Q: Can my husband adopt my daughter, if her biological father has not paid child support in 6 months consecutively?

My child's father is wishy washy. He is a dad when it's convenient and its hard to get state mandated child support from him. He said he would not sign the papers for my husband to adopt my child, because it would make him look like a dead beat dad. He sees her occasionally. Lives on his parents... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 21, 2019

It sounds like it's time for an intrafamily adoption. You don't need bio dad's permission. Hire an adoption attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Civil Rights and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can someone please explain la civil code 199 to me
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 20, 2019

It means adopted kid can inherit from both adopted family and bio family.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How much does it cost to adopt 3 children already in my custody? They have been with me since October 2018.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 16, 2019

Attorneys can not solicit business or quote prices on Justia. Any who do, DON'T HIRE THEM. That said, call an adoption attorney for her price.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can I change my nephews last name? I have full sole custody. Mother on drugs has nothing to do with him father unknown.

I have had him scene the day he was born. The hospital un banded the baby and her and re banded the baby and me . She was in jail when she gave birth.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jul 15, 2019

You can't get a judgment changing the child's name without consent of the parents. You may be able to adopt, however, in certain circumstances, which would allow a name change. An adoption attorney can counsel you on this. Feel free to call and I'll be happy to discuss this with you further.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: What can I do if I want to have an adoption reversed?

My oldest son was kidnapped from me by his bio dad when he was 6 years old. His dad never had anything to do with him until that time, he's not listed on his birth certificate. His dad sued me for child support when he was 8. He won the case. He gave a false address for me and I never received... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 1, 2019

He's an adult now and can make his own decisions. If he wants you to adopt him back, he can as an adult.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go about adopting a friend’s baby?

She is currently pregnant and we have discussed this situation numerous times. I just need to know what to do to start the process and make things official.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 25, 2019

Contact an attorney that handles private adoptions, who can explain the process and requirements. You need to have one retained prior to the baby’s birth. Give me a call and I’ll be happy to discuss the process and expected costs involved.

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Q: As a step mother can I adopt my step son if my husband had majority custody and we’ve had him his entire life of 13yrs?

His dad has custodial and domiciled custody and his birth mom gets visitation and was ordered to pay child support, but she doesn’t do it on time or anything else for him and she forfeits her visitation periods often.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 21, 2019

Yes, you have standing to adopt. Whether the birth mother has to consent or can object to the hearing is another issue. This depends on whether she has failed to pay a court order of support or failed to communicate with the child without just cause for over 6 months. Give me a call and I’ll be... Read more »

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: So trying to find out what I need to do for my step dad to adopt me.

I'm 33 years old.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 14, 2019

It depends on your age. How old are you?

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If I’m 19 and my nieces have been in foster care for 2 years. could I get custody of them ?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 13, 2019

You would have to go through foster parent training and certification. You should speak with the childrens' caseworker to discuss the requirements.

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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: my husband conceived a child with another woman and he will be on the BC she does not want child how do i get rights

can adopt him since he will be under my husbands name? what are my rights.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on May 13, 2019

This would be what's called an intrafamily adoption and is not as complicated as a private adoption, if the biological mother is willing to surrender her rights. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and potential costs in more detail.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: How to transfer guardianship of a minor from his grandmother in LA who has full custody to a family member in TX
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 25, 2019

Call a custody attorney who can draft a Consent Judgment.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How do I begin the process of terminating parental rights? We have not heard from my childs father in 6 months?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Apr 11, 2019

If you and your spouse have been married for over 6 months, your spouse can file to adopt the child at this time. This would terminate the father's rights. This is a relatively inexpensive process, compared to a private adoption. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and costs... Read more »

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Q: Where can i get free or low cost legal help to adopt twin 3 year old boys at Texas CPS. They are ready for adoption .
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Apr 3, 2019

Are you looking to adopt them in Louisiana? If so, I'm not sure what free resources, if any, are available. I would be happy to speak with you and discuss your case and the potential fees and and expenses; feel free to give me a call.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can I adopt my niece who is the age of 35 years old ?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 31, 2019

Yes if she wants to be adopted hire an adoption attorney.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Currently in abusive relationship while fostering. Abuser cares for special needs kids while I work. Can I foster alone?

I am fostering my special needs brother and sister. I am currently in an abusive relationship; however, he is seen as the primary caretaker. I work and I am only seen as a means of income. Our CASA workers have only listened to the harsh remarks said towards me as an inadequate foster parent. Can I... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 23, 2019

You need to document the abuse directed to you or your brother and sister, with a nanny cam or private investigator.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How does my husband go about adopting my son. Ww been married for 28 years my son is almost 30
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Feb 26, 2019

This is a fairly simple process that’s done by affidavit. An attorney familiar with adoption law can let you know what documents are needed and the cost. Give me a call and I’ll be happy to discuss this with you further.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can the court waive the 1 year resident requirement under Ch C Art. 1238?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 22, 2019

No and they won't because it would invalidate the adoption.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: gow Can I adopt my cousins baby when he is born? Both parents willing to sign over rights at the hospital.

My cousin will be delivereing her baby next month and she and the baby’s father agreed to sign over rights. How can we do this so we can bring him home from the hospital?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jan 18, 2019

Hire an adoption attorney now, in advance, so all the paperwork can be ready for the birth.

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