You can't get a judgment changing the child's name without consent of the parents. You may be able to adopt, however, in certain circumstances, which would allow a name change. An adoption attorney can counsel you on this. Feel free to call and I'll be happy to discuss this with you further.
My oldest son was kidnapped from me by his bio dad when he was 6 years old. His dad never had anything to do with him until that time, he's not listed on his birth certificate. His dad sued me for child support when he was 8. He won the case. He gave a false address for me and I never received... Read more »
Contact an attorney that handles private adoptions, who can explain the process and requirements. You need to have one retained prior to the baby’s birth. Give me a call and I’ll be happy to discuss the process and expected costs involved.
His dad has custodial and domiciled custody and his birth mom gets visitation and was ordered to pay child support, but she doesn’t do it on time or anything else for him and she forfeits her visitation periods often.
Yes, you have standing to adopt. Whether the birth mother has to consent or can object to the hearing is another issue. This depends on whether she has failed to pay a court order of support or failed to communicate with the child without just cause for over 6 months. Give me a call and I’ll be...Read more »
This would be what's called an intrafamily adoption and is not as complicated as a private adoption, if the biological mother is willing to surrender her rights. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and potential costs in more detail.
If you and your spouse have been married for over 6 months, your spouse can file to adopt the child at this time. This would terminate the father's rights. This is a relatively inexpensive process, compared to a private adoption. Give me a call and I'll be happy to discuss the process and costs...Read more »
Are you looking to adopt them in Louisiana? If so, I'm not sure what free resources, if any, are available. I would be happy to speak with you and discuss your case and the potential fees and and expenses; feel free to give me a call.
I am fostering my special needs brother and sister. I am currently in an abusive relationship; however, he is seen as the primary caretaker. I work and I am only seen as a means of income. Our CASA workers have only listened to the harsh remarks said towards me as an inadequate foster parent. Can I... Read more »
This is a fairly simple process that’s done by affidavit. An attorney familiar with adoption law can let you know what documents are needed and the cost. Give me a call and I’ll be happy to discuss this with you further.
Who he has been raising since the age of 3. He continues to get him as his own along with our daughter every other weekend and supports him. The bio father is in jail and has been all his life and will sign his rights over. My ex husband is remarried and has been for 2 years along with 2 more... Read more »
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