Colorado Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: Can the person who found my dog adopt her out without my knowledge or consent?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 25, 2018
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer
If she adopted the dog out to a third-party who did not know the situation, in other words, a “good faith” third-party adopter, there is nothing you can do to get the dog back from that third-party, unless you know who it is and you can try to buy the dog back from those people. The only option you are left with is to sue the woman who adopted out your dog for the value of your dog and any other ancillary expenses.

Q: how quickly after you surrender an adopted dog back to the rescue are they required to return your adoption fee ?

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on May 17, 2018
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer
There is no law governing this. This is a customer service issue.

Q: Can I get reimbursed or sue for adopting a sick dog?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on May 9, 2018
Juliet Piccone's answer
Probably not; it would depend on whether they purposely lied and would also depend on the adoption contract. As with any sale, pets are usually sold/adopted as is. Even if you could sue, your damages would be limited to what toy paid for treatment, and you'd need a vet to testify it was necessary. So it would not be worth it most likely.

Q: I just found out I have a 9 year old daughter. Should I seek council?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 30, 2018
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
You should retain an attorney to fully explore your options. Ordinarily, you would have a responsibility to pay child support, even possibly back to birth, and certainly going forward. You may also have the option of being recognized as the child's legal parent and be entitled to an appropriate relationship with her. You should understand how adoption would impact you.

Q: My children were adopted by their step father in December 2017. Should I still be paying child support?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Support for Colorado on
Answered on Mar 28, 2018
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
The adoption would have terminated your child support obligation. Therefore, you should not be still paying current support. You are still responsible for any unpaid back support.

Q: I am a looking to adopt my step son and strip his mother of parental rights. My fiance and I will be married in July

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Colorado on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
You may be able to adopt him if the court decides she has abandoned him and that it is in the child's best interest to have you adopt him. You should retain an attorney to help you with this

Q: how do i go about terminating my sons fathers rights, he hasnt seen him since he was one. He's 7 now.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Colorado on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
The only way to terminate his rights is if your husband adopts your son. If that happens, his father will no longer be liable for current support. You should consult with an attorney to discuss this.

Q: My daughter is getting adopted by her stepfather. I live in Colorado and they live in North Dakota. How do I consent?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Colorado on
Answered on Jan 4, 2018
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
You could contact their attorney to see how you can consent to the adoption. It should be just a matter of signing a consent form which the attorney can provide.

Q: My ex-husband wants joint custody of my son (his former stepson). Can I stop this from happening?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Colorado on
Answered on Dec 28, 2017
Stephen J. Plog's answer
More information is needed, including as relates to when you separated, how long you have been divorced, if there are any orders in place regarding your son and ex-husband, and how long it's been since your son has been in his care. If your son has not been in his care for the last 6 months and there are no orders in place regarding your son and ex-husband as relate to visitation or custody, then he does not get to just file something. Adoption by your new husband would stop anything tied...

Q: Why wont a judge or his assistant talk to me about my case and forcing me to use a lawyer?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Colorado on
Answered on Dec 18, 2017
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
If you do not want to get a lawyer, then it is your responsibility to make sure you are doing it correctly. The judge is not allowed to discuss the case with you except in formal court proceedings. His assistant is not permitted to give you legal advice.Adoptions are very complicated and proper procedures must be followed.

Q: My nephew, who is a U.S. citizen, was sent by CPS to live with his Mexican father two months ago. How do we get him back

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Constitutional Law for Colorado on
Answered on Nov 28, 2017
Stephen J. Plog's answer
Unfortunately, under Colorado law, you likely do not have what's called "standing," meaning the legal right to seek custody of the child, given that he is in the care of a parent. Grandparents or great grandparents could potentially seek grandparent visitation, but aunts and uncles have no legal rights in a situation like this.

Q: can a judge tell you to give up a dog to an adoption center

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Oct 13, 2017
Juliet Piccone's answer
If the charge against you is something they can take away or kill your dog over then yes.

Q: How do I obtain the case number for the termination of parental rights?

3 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Colorado on
Answered on Sep 4, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
Review the adoption materials that you have. The termination should be mentioned somewhere as part of the adoption application. If this does not work you can also try the following:

(1) you can call the courthouse (ideally the courthouse where the termination occurred) and ask for help with the case number. Make sure to have the names of the parties, year of the termination, and (if possible) the county where this occurred. This is free.

(2) any attorney in Colorado should also...

Q: Can a birth father whose parental rights have terminated get the adopted child back 7 years after adoption?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Colorado on
Answered on Sep 4, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
This is simply not true at so many levels.

When parental rights are terminated, the man is not the father and he cannot revisit the situation. Be aware that you can likely get a restraining order.

Q: If my adopted childrens birth father takes my kids without my permission what is my recourse?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Colorado on
Answered on Sep 3, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
If the father's rights were terminated, he has no rights to child and certainly does not have any right to take the child without permission. This is simple kidnapping/child abduction. Call the police--mention that his rights were terminated (see if you can get the case number of the termination prior to the call).

Q: I'm a kinship parent in colorado I'm trying to adopt my daughter her bio mom is gone 5 years in cps court do I have

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Colorado on
Answered on Jul 21, 2017
Stephen J. Plog's answer
If there is an ongoing CPS case, the mother's rights could be terminated in that case. If not an ongoing CPS case, mother being gone for 5 years would be a basis to terminate rights as part of an adoption.

Q: I adopted a puppy out of the shelter and he has been extremely sick since, can I hold them accountable?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for Colorado on
Answered on Jun 22, 2017
Kristina M. Bergsten's answer
Yes, you can sue the shelter for fraudulent misrepresentation of the health of the animal. Sometimes, however, some shelters have waivers of liability in their adoption contracts - so you need to check your adoption contract. If, however, the illness was so obvious that they should have known about it before adopting the dog out, like your vet said, then you might have a cause of action. I would recommend having an animal law attorney review your case.

Q: My daughter was taken from me when she was six she is now 18 how can I contact her

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Colorado on
Answered on May 3, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
You can try an internet search or hiring a PI. If your parental rights were terminated, you will not likely be able to request the information from the state.

Q: Sexual abuse case on father when I was a child. Why is my case posted all over Google i want to sue to have it removed.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Criminal Law for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 28, 2017
Tristan Kenyon Schultz's answer
A requirement of the US Constitution is the release of court information to the public. If you requested a sealed record or the judge withheld information (e.g. you were a minor) there is an argument that some the information should not be disclosed. That said, the ability to effectuate a take-down is limited. First, it will need to be determined if the released information is lawfully available to the public. Second, you will need to contact every site that lists the information to request a...

Q: My husband's adopted daughter ran away from her mother and went to live at her boyfriend's parents home. Human Services

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Adoption and Child Support for Colorado on
Answered on Apr 14, 2017
John Hyland Barrett III's answer
Your husband is liable to provide support for his child. The amount should be set per the child support guidelines, depending on the respective incomes of the parties, and the umber of children involved (probably just 1). His maintenance obligation o his ex-wife may be modifiable, depending on what the divorce papers say. He should consult with a divorce attorney to review the situation.

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