I have never seen the father after my son was born (he didn't try to contact us, although I tried a couple of times to connect them, when my son was a baby and when my son was 2-3 years). He really doesn't care about my son and I don't think he will ever do it. I have never ask him... View More
By law, the biological father must be notified that his rights will be terminated in order for your husband to adopt your son. However, if you truly don't know where he is, there are steps that can be taken to demonstrate this to the court without the need to hire an investigator. You should...View More
This is one of those questions that require too much decoding to properly answer. We do not know any of the procedural history of either the paternal grandparents or the maternal grandparents to opine on what one's lawyer should have known or not.
I was conceived from an anonymous sperm donor at the University of Penn Fertility Clinic in 1981. My parents both have mental illness from concussions. My mother keeps a dirty dusty house. My father is verbally abusive. If adoption agencies have to prescreen why wouldn’t sperm donor clinics have... View More
It seems unlikely to me but this is not something I'm well-versd in. I suggest that you seek out an attorney who specializes in civil litigation. You might consider taking the time to do some research on the topic as well.
Father passed away last year, my spouse wants to legally adopt them as they have been in my childrens life since day one and they know them as a parent. We would also like all of our last names to match. How would we get this done?
You can file for a stepparent adoption. You should consult with a local attorney familiar with adoption procedure in your county as, while the state rules are consistent, each county has it's own ways of doing things.
I think someone --or you--asked this earlier. Short answer is that you would need to petition the court to extinguish that parent's rights. You could possibly fold the adoption and the removal of parental rights and responsibilities at the same time. You need to consult a family law attorney.
In order for your husband to adopt your son, the biological father's rights must first be terminated, voluntarily or involuntarily. Obviously, if he is willing to relinquish his rights voluntarily, the process can go smoothly. If he won't do so voluntarily, more litigation would be...View More
Congratulations! Your husband cannot adopt unless the biological fathers rights are terminated either voluntarily or involuntarily. His name Does not have to be on the birth certificate. I hope that helps!
I feel that my identity was ripped from me from the age of 5 when this happened (20 years ago). I have multiple birth certificates and a SS card with my brithname on it. Would it be legal to use or would I have to go through the name change process?
They'll need to file paperwork with their county's Orphans' Court. You will sign a very specific agreement to voluntarily terminate your parental rights. They really should retain an attorney experienced in adoptions to shepherd the case through the system.
If you have legal custody but have had no contact with your child for 6 or more months (continuously), then they may be also filing a petition to terminate your parental rights -- and usually this is done in conjunction with a step-parent's petition for adoption....View More
You should consult with a Maryland attorney. Although you live in Pennsylvania, Jurisdiction over children is governed by the residence of the child. Presumably, an attorney who is familiar with practice where you nephew resides can help you. A lot will depend on the children's services...View More
Under most circumstances, an adoption is final. I suggest that you gather all of you paperwork and then seek out the advice of an attorney who pretty mush specializes in adoptions. try doing an internet search for one in the Philadelphia area and then call to find out if he/she seems like one who...View More
Several of us contacted children and youth services and expressed being kinship foster parents and kinship adoption as soon as we found out the child was placed into care. The caseworker is completely disregarding us as options even though we have had healthy, positive meaningful relationships... View More
There are many factors involved in a contested adoption, each of which can sway the court one way or another. If you do not already have legal representation for this case, please retain an attorney experienced in adoptions asap.
Without more information it's difficult to tell you how hard it would be. The costs of adoptions vary from county to county and lawyer to lawyer. Why not consult with an experienced family law attorney in your area to discuss the situation in more detail and get an idea of your options as well...View More
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