So, birth certificates really do not matter as much as most people think they do. If you know the father and he has never been involved in your son's life, then you and your husband could potentially do a joint petition (which means you are a co-petitioner with your husband) for the adoption....View More
My bio dad died when I was 10, and I haven’t seen the dude for 5-6 years prior, he never paid child support. Mama remarried and I got stepdad, they had my brother, BUT he never legally adopted me. Mama died 2 yrs ago and I’m 38 now. I want my dad to be legally my dad, NOT for the estate... View More
The fact that your stepdad was listed as your dad on your immigration paperwork and your Army paperwork may make a difference in your adoption case. The judge may consider this evidence of your relationship with your stepdad and his intent to be your father figure.
We have had custody of a family member since she was 4 months old. (Currently 4 years old) she was removed from her mom (dad unknown) right after birth due to the baby testing positive for meth. Mom has a long standing drug history and a lengthy criminal history associated. A couple months after... View More
Well, first and foremost being in a courtroom battle is one of the most stressful times in anyone's life. Whether your counsel is appointed or retained you want and I would say need to feel comfortable with your representation. If you are not happy and don't feel comfortable it is wise...View More
It would probably be best to get married first and then adopt. Even though the biological father is not on the birth certificate he is still legally the father and has rights, so when you and your future husband do get married and he (your future husband) goes to adopt your child, you and your...View More
My son's Biological dad signed his rights away when my son was 3 days old and isn't even on the birth certificate. My now husband of 9 years(married almost 5 of those) wants to adopt him. We have no contact with the bio-dad and would rather not ever deal with him ever again. Do we have to... View More
The short answer is YES. What you propose is a step parent adoption and they are very common. In one procedure/hearing you will terminate birth dads rights and have your husband adopt the child with a new birth certificate, last name, everything. There are some steps advised and you will need to...View More
I have gave my cousin my twin daughter because of her son got shot by an officer that same year and she never had a daughter. And I had to get myself together and stable. And she asked about an adoption but I wasn't fully educated on it until now. I thought my me giving her to family I would... View More
You would receive notice of an adoption if your parental rights have not been terminated. If you receive notice of an adoption, you can file an answer objecting or not consenting to adoption. If there is not an adoption pending, and she was given legal custody by a court, then you can file a...View More
If you are paying child support for your adopted children, that will be a factor. However, if you are not paying child support for any other children or alimony to a former spouse, then it would not be considered. I am not sure if you are asking whether the number of people in your family is...View More
I relocated w children. I had court & other parents permission. It’s now been 3 years and my husband wants to adopt the children we would file in the state where we currently live correct since the child visitation case in Florida has been closed since we moved…
Now ex old lady was cheating on me. Bringing the girls (2&1) with her to do so lying saying she was babysitting. When she was really there doing drugs. I’ve got enough on her to get full custody of My daughter easily, but her daughter would end up in the system. Her daughter already had her... View More
Birth father has never been apart of my child’s life nor is not on the birth certificate, or pays child support. Has never seen the child but once when we did the dna test. My husband whom has been apart of my child’s life and supported him financially and emotionally for 3 and half years wants... View More
No a step parent adoption in the case of a willful relinquishment of custody or proof of abandonment is provided for under Alabama law. What surprises people the most is the fact that the father must be notified, give his consent or have an opportunity to appear in court and contest the...View More
My husband has sole custody of his children and she has supervised visits through the county. She has not exercised her rights to see the kids since she lost custody. (Dhr took her to court) She has not seen her children in 1 year and 6 months. She violated her probation a year ago and left the... View More
I'd have to know more facts to be able to express an opinion. However, you probably are ripe for a termination of parental rights petition. Call a lawyer in your area and do it now, before she re-establishes contact with the children.
Hello. Sounds like you need to either file an agreed to adoption (if both parents will consent of course) or a Termination of Parental Rights, settle that, then file your adoption. I suggest seeking an attorney in your area to help you through the process. Best of luck!
I was 15 when I had my son out of wedlock. I had my sons last name changed to my maiden name right before he turned 3 ,due to his biological father being absent . We have a dhr child support order , that he pays on and off . Currently hasn't paid since August of 2018. He hasn't seen my... View More
The short answer is yes. There appears from what you have said to have been a more than 6 months period during which there has neither been emotional or financial support provided by the father and therefore the child is considered abandoned and can be adopted under Alabama statute by the step...View More
She is currently in a juvenile detention center. Her parents thinks she is troublesome and does not want her home, especially if she doesn't want to be there. We have built a bond and I have been her mentor/support and she has made tremendous improvements.
I have a younger foster sister (who is biologically my niece) still with the foster family I was with. If the foster parents are willing to sign my foster sister into my custody is that the best way to go for her to be with me or is it best to try and do a relative adoption? I'm in Gulf shores al
Hello. I would assume your foster parents have temporary custody pending the location of a viable adoption for your niece. DHR is likely involved as well. You would need to contact your neice's DHR caseworker and them s/he he know you want to adopt her. DHR will investigate you and your home...View More
A person is a minor until age 19 in Alabama. So it would not be an adult adoption. This sounds like it would be a familial adoption and as long as you and the minor have been living in the same house for 12 months, then you could file for adoption. You would need consent from both biological...View More
Could be adoption or guardianship. You should seek out a family law attorney in your area who can discuss your specific situation and give you complete advice on which option is best for you and the child. Best of luck!
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