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...Read 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....Read 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...Read 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...Read 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... Read 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...Read more »
My sister realized the she isn’t financially fit to take care of a child also she doesn’t have the best living situation so she reached out to me and my wife to see if we were willing to take her unborn child when she gives birth. After a long talk with her and her boyfriend we all decided this... Read more »
The parents' parental rights will have to be terminated and an adoption petition filed. Your county may have guidance available online for completing this process which is somewhat complicated. I'd suggest that you retain an attorney to shepherd this through the system for you but, if you...Read more »
This would be a stepparent adoption. You'll have to file the appropriate petition to terminate his rights and submit the correct document signed by him. And you'll have to file a petition for adoption along with all the necessary forms and documents. You'll probably have to learn...Read more »
My rights were involuntarily terminated and want to know if i turned my life around in the future can i adopt her if her foster family agrees to it. The bond is there and my daughter loves me and wavered between wanting to be with me and wanting to be with foster family
There is a lot of missing information that may be pertinent to provide a complete answer to your questions such as what were the reasons your parental rights were terminated- was there abuse, neglect, drug use, illness, abandonment, etc. Also, the age of the child is a relevant factor because...Read more »
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