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2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I live in Louisiana, a friend wants me to adopt her 13 year old daughter. Do we have to have a lawyer?
Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 27, 2021

Adoption law is a specialized area of law and, unless you are familiar with it, a lot can go wrong. And if one thing isn't done right, the whole adoption can fall apart. Therefore, it's important that you have an attorney who knows how to handle adoptions. Good luck, and... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How do I go about having my parents formally adopt me?

I live in Louisiana but my parents live in Alabama. I'm 22. I am an orphan; my mom died in 2011, my dad in 2016. My stepmom took care of me until I turned 18 and a few months thereafter; then, I moved in with the people I now call my parents. They are extended family, but I've asked them... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 18, 2021

If you were born in louisiana, the adoption can be done here and your birth certificate changed here.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I received a letter from the clerk of court saying I was denied on a consent of judgment not sure what it means….
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 15, 2021

Without seeing the Judgment and the letter, your question cant be answered.

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Q: Can my husband adopt my 4 year old daughter without us having to contact/deal & legally involve biological dad?

my daughters biological dad is not on the birth certificate. he was not at the birth & wants nothing to do with my daughter. (i have messages & voice recordings to prove it). In her four years of life he has not once met her or tried to meet her. he has completely abonded her. my husband... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Aug 12, 2021

The biological father still must be served.

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Q: My son just turned 18 but has 1 more year of high school. His biological father has not paid child support in years.

Child support enforcement says they can't find him to serve him and have not been able to make him pay the over $40k and there has been a warrant out for his arrest but because of his political connections, nothing is being done. My son wants to be adopted by my fiance who is also adopting my... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Aug 6, 2021

Yes, he can.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: My sons bio father said he wants to sign his rights over to me.and my boyfriend wants to adopt him n take his laat name.

We plan on getting married soon but....if he adopts him before does that cancel out my rights?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 19, 2021

He can't adopt him before you are married.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If a mom dies but has put on paper giving custody to the grandmother, father is incarcerated, but also given temporary2

A person locally since mom died suddenly and gm is n another state, and a time limit was also given2 the temp guardian, when that time expires wut does gm do to get custody.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jul 8, 2021

Grandmother hires a custody lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I’ve been with this child for 7 years and I would like to adopt her. How would I have to go about adopting her

Her biological father is on the birth certificate and there is no stipulations as far as custody goes. Her mom and I aren’t married. Getting married isn’t an issue.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 24, 2021

1) don't ask for child support,

2) don't nag him to see his child,

3) marry the child's Mom,

4) hire an adoption lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: When a child is adopted is the adopted parents names put on the birth certificate as the parents in place of the birth

Parent

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Jun 24, 2021

The Judgment granting the adoption typically orders the state's vital records office to reissue the birth certificate. The adopted parents must then mail the judgment along with an application to the state office for the new certificate to be issued.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Mom 18, Dad 17 - both want to place for adoption. Dad’s parents want to keep baby - can they overrule 17yo Dad’s choice?

State of Louisiana

If both parents want to place newborn for adoption can 17yo Dad’s parents overrule the decision because of Dad being 17yo?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 23, 2021

Dad needs to tell judge he wants a Curatoe appointed

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I have had FULL LEGAL PHYSICAL custody of my daughter since 2007; biologically she isn't mine. I want to formally adopt

She is 20 yrs. What steps do I need to take?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Jun 17, 2021

She's an adult, so if she is on board, hire an adoption attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Bio dad out of picture since aug of 2019 husband wants to adopt

My daughter is about to be 3 and has not seen real father since she was 1, real dad did not sign birth cert and has a history of violence, beat his dad up, and abused me and ex wife also has a long history of drug abuse having an overdose in 2019 where he was on life support for 3 days. He... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 26, 2021

Yes, hire an adoption attorney.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Yes my fiancee and I live in Louisiana, and a close family friend is living with use because she really has no other opt

opportunity to live anywhere else but in the streets or what would be called couch surfing! She is 26 weeks pregnant with a boy and doesn't want him because she has no stability, financial help, and has a drug problem when not pregnant! She has two other children being cared for by family... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on May 19, 2021

You and your fiancé should consult with an attorney who handles adoptions as soon as possible There are steps that should be taken prior to the child's birth. Also, you and your significant other should consider getting married, as the stability of your relationship will be an issue for the... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: I want to adopt my soon to be 18 year old step daughter

Me and my wife have been for 9 years i want to adopt my daughter i have been helping raise her sonce she was 2 years old and i know the biological father will not sign the paperwork what can i do? He has not paid child support in about 4 years he hasn't even seen her in 2 years

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on May 4, 2021

The biological father does not have to agree. Hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Is it illegal to see or talk on the phone with my brother that got adopted in a closed adoption

I am now looking into filing for visitation to see my little brother that was adopted. It was a closed adoption. I found him on social media and we were texting and calling we also saw eachother at the park. Was what I did illegal? Will that affect my right for visitation?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 27, 2021

Not in the slightest. You can wait until he turns 18 or you can contact his adoptive mother or you can hire an adoption attorney to file for visitation.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can adoptive mom give a child back to birth mom after 11 years of adoption the birth mom has never met the child

The lady adopted the little girl who is 11 and her brother who is 13 both special needs due to drug use during pregnancy bow she says shr cant handle them both and wants the birth mom to take the little girl back the adoptive mom is rich and the birth mom is only five months sober this time she has... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 27, 2021

No you can't return a child like a puppy to the pound.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: Can my biological brother that was adopted move in with me at age 15, when I was also adopted and am now an adult

It was a closed adoption I don’t want to take him from his family but we both want to see and know eachother. I was also adopted and I have no affiliation with my mother or father is there any way we can either meet at a public place for visitation or be able to talk on the phone?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Apr 26, 2021

Yes your attornry can file for custody or visitation of your brother.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: I am 19 and want my stepdad to adopt me. Would I need my biological father’s consent or approval?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 12, 2021

As a 19 year old, this would be an adult adoption and an adoption attorney can handle it for you, without your biological father's consent.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If child services takes a child from their mother and the father wants to sign his over to someone else how does he

Child services took the child from their mother and the biological father hasn’t had anything to do with the child since birth and is willing to sign his rights over to someone who has been in the child’s life from day 1 helping raise that child can he do that and how does he go about it

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Mar 6, 2021

Parental rights are not independent of each other. Now that thr state has taken custody, he has no rights to sign away. If someone else has helped to care for the child, that person can hire a lawyer to intervene in the juvenile court case

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can My finance adopt my son before getting married with biological fathers consent?

Bio father is willing to terminate rights to allow fiancé to adopt. Who would be the defendant?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Feb 23, 2021

With father's consent yes. But attorney will have to be appointed for father.

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