California Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: Child abandonment or child neglect? Is the situation grounds for filing a case against the parents?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for California on
Answered on Jan 2, 2019
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.'s answer
You can call CPS and the police to report child abuse/ neglect. More details are necessary to provide a professional analysis of your issue. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney such as myself. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website, www.AliEsq.com. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, WA, and DC in the following areas of law: Business & Contracts, Criminal Defense, Divorce &...

Q: Is it okay for me to legally keep a found dog in my home?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Dec 14, 2018
William John Light's answer
You are entitled to a reasonable charge for saving and taking care of the animal. This would likely include a reasonable daily kenneling fee and reimbursement of your veterinary expenses. If that is offered, you would have no basis to retain the dog, but if you allege neglect, it should then be turned over to Animal Control.

Civil Code § 2080. Duties of finder

“Any person who finds a thing lost is not bound to take charge of it. . .but when the person does take charge of it...

Q: Can be listed as a statutory heir to someone if his parental rights were taken away and I have been legally adopted?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Wrongful Death for California on
Answered on Nov 20, 2018
William John Light's answer
You would have to consult with an Arkansas attorney about that. However, even if you could be included, the value of your case would be tremendously adversely affected by the lack of relationship between your father and you, at least that is how it would work out in CA.

Q: We have been dog-sitting for more than 3 months for someone who moved out of state. Do we have ownership of it now?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Animal / Dog Law and Small Claims for California on
Answered on Oct 27, 2018
William John Light's answer
No, you don't have ownership of it, and evidence of the owner's poor care of the dog doesn't make you an owner. If the dog has been abandoned, you should notify the owner in writing that you will either assume ownership of it, or surrender it to Animal Control if not picked up by a specified date.

You do have a lien on the dog for the value the veterinary expenses you have paid to date, plus the additional daily kenneling fees beyond the term that you originally agreed to keep the dog....

Q: Even though I don't have proof that my dog was mine, all I got is pictures of him that I took wen he was smaller.

1 Answer | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Criminal Law, Family Law and Adoption for California on
Answered on Oct 21, 2018
Dale S. Gribow's answer
more info needed.

how long ago was he adopted.

how do you prove THIS DOG was yours.

how did you lose him? When did you lose him? how did you find out he was adopted?

Q: I want to reverse an adoption in LA CA in 2002 I am 23 now. I want to petition to get my OG birth cert. for military PIP

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Military Law for California on
Answered on Sep 30, 2018
Tobie Brina Waxman's answer
Were you adopted by a u.s. citizen? I'm not sure I understand what it is that you are trying to accomplish.

Q: How do I prepare for a 36626 appropriately.?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Civil Rights for California on
Answered on Sep 23, 2018
Louis George Fazzi's answer
This is an inappropriate question for California attorneys if you are in Washington state. We cannot assist you with Washington state law.

Q: I was married and adopted my wife’s daughter where the biological father gave up his rights. My daughter is 15 now and

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for California on
Answered on May 15, 2018
Crista Marie Haynes' answer
As her legal father you have 50/50 rights with her mother and as such her mother cannot send her out of the state to see her absent biological father without your consent. Worst case scenario you would be able to call the police to stop your daughter from getting on the plane and if somehow your wife and daughter managed to pull a fast one and get her to the other state you would be able to file for an emergency hearing to get the DA's offices's child abduction unit involved to be able to...

Q: Dog was adopted even though the shelter told me they would hold her for when I got back in 4 days

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on May 7, 2018
William John Light's answer
A: Animal Control is required to allow 72 hours for owner redemption. After that, Animal Control is required to keep the dog impounded up to six business days. After 72 hours, the dog can be made available for adoption. Food & Agriculture Code section 31108 states, in pertinent part: "(a) The required holding period for a stray dog impounded pursuant to this division shall be six business days, not including the day of impoundment, except as follows: (1) If the public or private shelter has...

Q: Hello, I have a two year old son, who recently his mother decided to take him to the UK to start a new life.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Immigration Law, Adoption and Arbitration / Mediation Law for California on
Answered on May 5, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
I would like to help you, but your question does not involve immigration law.

Q: how do i bring my wife and her adopted kid from VietNam to US?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Answered on May 5, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
If you are a US citizen, you need to start by filing I-130s for her and your step-child. He/she is your step-child only if you married your wife before his/her 16th birthday.

Q: How do i bring my wife and her adopted kid from VietNam to the USA?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Answered on May 5, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
If you are a US citizen, you need to start by filing I-130s for her and your step-child. He/she is your step-child only if you married your wife before his/her 16th birthday.

Q: I took in a dog for a group 4 months ago I have a text saying I can adopt her, they have my check and want her back?!

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Apr 23, 2018
William John Light's answer
If you believe that the dog was abandoned, and that you assumed ownership, inform the animal rescue of that. The animal rescue can decide whether to challenge your contention by filing a complaint for theft with the police, or by suing you in Small Claims. If there are any documents pertaining to your agreement to house the dog, they will probably govern. It is not clear that 4 months is an unreasonable length of time. Further, paying for food, vaccinations, etc., isn't necessarily evidence...

Q: I need help, what can I do ?

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Adoption, Child Support and Education Law for California on
Answered on Apr 14, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
Difficult situation. However, in the future, if you fall in love with and marry a US citizen, your spouse could sponsor you for a green card.

Q: I have a few questions to do with immigration and sponsor issues..I was "adopted" bit really I only had a sponsor

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Immigration Law for California on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Carl Shusterman's answer
The following web page may be helpful to you: https://www.shusterman.com/adoption/

Q: Is it possible to inherit you're grandfather's assets in you're the only heir but we're adopted at birth .

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Patents (Intellectual Property), Probate and Trademark for California on
Answered on Mar 17, 2018
Bill Sweeney's answer
You should retain counsel to review the facts including intestate and testate issues. Generally, adoptees can take through intestate succession in the same manner as naturally born children. Prob C §6450(b). However, if there is a question regarding legal adoption you should have your counsel review your situation in light of Estate of Furia (2002) 103 CA4th 1 (equitably adopted grandchild had no right to inherit property of grandparent).

Gook luck.

Q: about filing for adopted children

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Immigration Law for California on
Answered on Jan 4, 2018
Andrew Schach's answer
Thank you for the question.

Based on the information provided, you can file for your wife. However, I recommend a consultation with an immigration attorney to confirm her immigration history and discuss her eligibility.

As to the children, they are not yours at this time therefore you cannot file on their behalf for immigration purposes. Further, as you are not a citizen of the US, you will need to consult a family attorney and potentially a family attorney in your country of...

Q: My dog was adopted from a shelter when I was incarcerated. He is a registered service animal. How can I get him back?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for California on
Answered on Dec 13, 2017
William John Light's answer
I would estimate that your ownership in the animal has terminated. You should have found temporary housing for the dog during your incarceration. Since the dog ended up at a City shelter, the shelter was within its rights to accept the dog and to place it in another home. Your complaint, if any, is against the person who left your dog at the shelter. If you had paid someone for the service of keeping your animal and they failed to live up to the bargain, you may have a claim for damages.

Q: mother of 2 one daughter is 2 in a half I have a case open for domestic violence

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Domestic Violence and Family Law for California on
Answered on Dec 10, 2017
Dale S. Gribow's answer
a much more detailed clear explanation is needed to provide an accurate discussions of what should or should not be done.

however your previous record/actions could be used against you in any proceeding to show your past challenges as a parent.

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