My daughters birth father and I weren't married and didn't take me to court for rights to our daughter. Now my fiance and I are looking into adoption, the birth father hasn't made contact in over a year and hasn't seen the child in over a year. So I'm just wondering what do... View More
The birth father may have to be placed on notice of the intent to adopt; however, his consent may not be required if he failed to communicate or attempt to communicate with the child without just cause for over 6 months. Your fiance would likely need to marry you, however, to be considered for an...View More
Woman passed away in Louisiana. She is divorced, gave her son up for adoption in Georgia, parents are deceased, and has two surviving siblings that are handling her cremation arrangements. Although she gave her son up for adoption, I'm told the adopted son still has rights and will have to... View More
A child that was surrendered for adoption still has the right to inherit from his/her parent in Louisiana, even though the parent's parental rights were terminated. I've never heard of a crematorium requiring that a child surrendered for adoption sign the paperwork, however.
My nephews mom wanted an abortion but was unable to get one because she had just gotten one so she asked my husband and I to take the baby. We did and now we would like to get guardianship of the baby because mom is now refusing to babysit the child or help. She receives benefits and childcare for... View More
You need to contact a lawyer in your area to discuss your options and get the ball rolling. You should not do this yourself. In speaking to the attorney(s) you consult, you ask what are your options as well as what is your understanding as to the position each parent takes as to custody and/or...View More
My birth mother passed away last year leaving behind my little brother. He was left in the care of our grandmother who is old and sick. She called me up and asked if my husband and I would be willing to take him. I’m happy to take him but there is a problem that might affect the court allowing... View More
Will it be difficult? It may not be, however more information is needed on this, including the involvement of your little brother's father who usually would have a say in custody decisions. That said, I highly recommend that you (and your grandmother) seek a consultation with a...View More
My daughters father is unknown and not listed on her birth certificate. My friend who we thought was her father isn’t, he wants to adopt her. Can he do that with my consent alone or do we need to do something else?
You need to do something else. On things as important as this--being a legal parent---I recommend that you consult and hire an adoption lawyer to do this because you do not want to get in a situation at some point in time in the future where you find something was not done correctly. Use the Find...View More
My husband and I are currently in the process of adopting, which has caused a lot of strain on our marriage. We are considering divorce, and both very much love this child and still want to adopt and have shared custody. How would it affect our adoption proceedings if we were to file divorce before... View More
This would be considered an adult adoption, and the process isn't nearly as complicated or lengthy as other adoptions, and generally the attorney fees for handling these are generally more affordable but vary from attorney to attorney. I would recommend that you contact an attorney, such as...View More
My husband has been in his life since he was 6 months old. My son only knows him as his dad and I don’t know if this would be adoption or a VAOP. My son is now 2 almost 3 and we want his name from his birth name (my pre married name) to our name.
Child's father is my 2nd husband. Separated 8wks after birth. Divorced 7 months later(April 1st). Remarried 1st husband from a 15yr marriage with 2 children, 1brother(20) & 1sister(18). This is the child's family. Child's father's behavior would continue. He's who the... View More
We have a custody agreement in place which he gets her every other weekend. But that's the only communication he has with her. He doesn't ask about her any other time he just gets her so we can stay out of court. He is on child support but doesn't pay any of it and is behind 15,000... View More
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