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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: I need an attorney for court next month bc my sister is trying to adopt my daughter

I let my daughter stay with my sister a few years back bc my life was a chaotic mess . Dhs was involved w my other kid & my sister told me that the worker said I wasn’t allowed to see her. Then she went and got guardianship. I never received any notice of court bc she sent it to an address... Read more »

Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Oct 19, 2020

There are specific notices that have to be given and if they sent it to your last known address then they most likely have met that obstacle (they are not responsible for keeping track of every place a person lives but the last known address, because in some cases, those people are bouncing around... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I go by getting visitations with my six children if I am doing much better to provide for them?
Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Sep 26, 2020

If you do not already have a visitation order hire an attorney to help you petition the court for a visitation order.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I do a turn around adoption to get my six children back into my custody asap?
Charles Watts
Charles Watts answered on Sep 21, 2020

This question is not as easy as step 1 - 2 - 3. Generally, once an adoption is finalized, then it is non-reversible. There are a few exceptions to this rule, however these exceptions are challenging to prove. This is something that you will need an experienced adoption attorney to help you with,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: How can I change her last name to my other kids last name and around how much will that cost???

I have a child shes one of my middle children whos last name is my ex husbands who is her sperm donor my older 2 and my youngest all have the same dad and same last name. Her sperm donor has been non-existent since she was 3 months old and my other kids dad has helped raise her thats who she knows... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jul 9, 2020

Typically parental rights are only terminated if a child is adopted or for abuse or neglect in a very specific deprived child action.

If there was a sperm donor that would be a separate issue.

So, not sure if there has been an actual termination of rights here or if this is a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: Can a child that has been adopted by a family member due to the parents right terminated decide where she wants to live

She is fixing to be 16. I lost my rights and my sister adopted her but now my sister wants to dump her off at job cor in Guthrie and my 16 wants to live with me. Can she decide to leave my sister house even though my sister is her legal guardian or can my sister just dump her off somewhere else... Read more »

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Jun 28, 2020

As the adoptive parent, your sister has all of the rights. You daughter may claim emancipation, if she can demonstrate she can live on her own and manage her own finances. She also needs to show that it is in her best interest to no longer have a guardian.

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Q: Is there a way I can get adopted by someone or emancipated withkut my oarents permission?
Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jun 22, 2020

No, you can't be adopted without parent's consent unless parental rights are terminated.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: how do i file for voluntary parental rights terminations?

my ex husband and i have been divorced since 2016 and i have sole custody of our two daughters. he is 20,000.00 behind in child support and has visitation with them in the state of Missouri.my fiance wants to adopt them and change their last name to his.

my daughters want the same thing... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Apr 7, 2020

Adoptions are so complex that most attorneys will not even attempt an adoption. It is not a do it yourself project so your first step should be to hire an experienced adoption attorney. They will be able to help you get this done.

I wish you the best of luck with your case

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: Is there a way to terminate rights of a non custodial parent who pays child support through garnishment?

He has not seen the kids regularly since july 2014. He saw them once in June 2015 and once in July 2016. I have been told that because he “pays” child support even if it’s because he is garnished I can’t take his rights away. I am remarried and my husband wants to adopt them

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Feb 9, 2020

What you were told is not exactly true. The statute states that a child may adopted without consent if the non-custodial parent has not provided financial support in 12 or the past 14 months ... OR ... has not made reasonable effort in the past 12 of the previous 14 months to establish or maintain... Read more »

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Q: Hello. I am wondering if we the petitioner can request a public notice to be placed regarding a court date.

The respondent does have an attorney but we didn't want to get to the court hearing day of and the respondents attorney ask for another continuance because she can't locate her client. We have guardianship of our two nieces for 21 months and filed for adoption in September. Court date for... Read more »

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Jan 16, 2020

You would have to give the attorney notice of the hearing. It is very easy to mess up an adoption, so much so that most attorneys will not even attempt an adoption case. You really should have an attorney that really knows adoptions to help you and they will be able to deal with notice issues.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: Do I need a lawyer to legally adopt my 18 year old in Oklahoma or is that something we can do ourselves?

My 18 year old daughter would like for me to legally adopt her. Is there a way we could do it without getting a lawyer involved?

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Dec 31, 2019

Adoptions are so complex that most lawyers will not even attempt to do an adoption. An adult adoption will be easier than a child but I think it would be worth your time to meet with an expert to learn the process and your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: My children were adopted by my parents years ago I ambeing sued for child support for after adoption what is the law
Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Nov 16, 2019

Parent’s are still required by law to pay child support even after a parent’s rights are terminated. A parent is relieved of any further child support obligation upon the court receipt of a final decree of adoption. A parent would always be required to pay the back child support, pursuant to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: I want to adopt my wife's 30 year old daughter. everyone involved wants this to happen. what cost is involved?

I'm in yukon ok, Canadian county

Doak Willis
Doak Willis answered on Nov 4, 2019

Paying an attorney for the adoption which runs anywhere from $1500 plus court costs up to whatever the market where you live charges.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: Do still have to pay child support if I terminated my rights as an parent?
Doak Willis
Doak Willis answered on Nov 4, 2019

Yes, unless the child has been adopted by another person. Just because your rights are terminated doesn't relieve the responsibility of having to support the child.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on
Q: My sister in law was on drugs and dhs took the baby. Now my sister in law is clean, but her boyfriend isnt. She is

Clean 100% and she passed her tests. Also she is pregnant.. horrible situation turned worse. We want to help her and she is coming to live with us. Us being my husband and i, he is her brother.. She is due next month. Dhs wants to take this baby too... because her boyfriend is still on durgs. But... Read more »

Brian Boeheim
Brian Boeheim answered on Sep 26, 2019

DHS is a funny agency in that it sometimes all depends not the case worker you have. There is a big difference between having your child removed based on a deprived action and having your parental rights terminated. If she is working a plan after a deprived adjudication or waiver, then it makes... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: I was the guardian to a child from OK. We ended up adopting her in WA state. Didn’t file termination in OK

Do I have to file something with the court besides the birth certificate and the order for adoption in oK as my adoption lawyer did that to my knowledge I have her birth certificate.

Melissa Oxford
Melissa Oxford answered on Sep 17, 2019

I recommend consulting with a lawyer well-versed in Oklahoma adoption law to ensure the UCCJEA was complied with and any additional steps you need to take in Oklahoma.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: I'm in a adoption case for my son. The judge ordered that my son can be eligible for adoption without my consent.

Now my court appointed lawyer withdrew. And told me I need to file a " entry of appearance". How do I do this, and where do I fie it. And what is it for.? I'm so lost and need help before I loose my parental rights to my son. It was a default judgement I was late for court.

Pete David Louden
Pete David Louden answered on Sep 3, 2019

It is not possible to teach you everything that you need to know to handle the case over the internet. You really need to hire an attorney right now and see if they can help you set aside the default. Act quickly!!!

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on
Q: My fiancee has a 3 year old from a previous relationship and the father is not in his life at all and my fiancee has to

Pull teeth to get child support payments. Is there any way I can adopt him?

Melissa Oxford
Melissa Oxford answered on Jul 27, 2019

First, in Oklahoma a step-parent adoption requires you be married to the child’s parent for one (1) year. Second, you have to meet the qualifications set out in the law, mainly dealing with criminal history. Third, If the child is over twelve (12), they would have to consent. If these... Read more »

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Q: I have sole custody, what proof do I need to show of abandonment etc so my new spouse can adopt my children?

I was given sole custody, all divorce states is I have sole custody and respondent to pay X Amt of child support.No visitation was granted etc. Nothing has ever been paid, and he has not even had contact in nearly 3 years. He has had CF and CM arrests in the past few years (drug abuse)with deferred... Read more »

Hans Otto Lehr
Hans Otto Lehr answered on Jun 24, 2019

If the biological father has not had substantial contact with the child in 12 months, you may be able to proceed with an adoption without the biological father's consent on the grounds of abandonment. Failure to pay child support and lack of interest in exercising visitation in this time can... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Oklahoma on
Q: I am doing an adoption on my own and the judge said that i need this affidavit of disclosure..how do i get this?
Melissa Oxford
Melissa Oxford answered on May 24, 2019

I believe the Judge is referring to an Affidavit of Non-Disclosure. You can get it from the court clerk for the county where the adoption is filed. Here is the law that applies:

A. At the time that a written consent to adoption or permanent relinquishment is acknowledged by a biological...
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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on
Q: how may a US citizen and resident of Oklahoma, adopt an adult male (30 years old ) who is citizen of a foreign country?
Melissa Oxford
Melissa Oxford answered on May 23, 2019

Typically, adult adoptions are an easy process. The law requires the consent of the person to be adopted and the consent of the spouse of the person adopting. However, I recommend consulting with an immigration attorney.

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