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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can my fiancé and I petition for him to adopt my son?

Biological father pays support through the state but chooses to not have contact despite having the child’s direct personal number?

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

In order to adopt:

1) you have to be married,

2) you have to shut down your support enforcement case.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: can a child whose been adopted do a reverse adoption at 20 years old

I want to be unadopted im 20 years old and broke

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

If your biological parent wants to adopt you as an adult they can. They will need an adoption attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: What is the process of stepparent adoption when bio parent agrees?

Ex has agreed to relinquish parental rights and allow stepparent to adopt kids (under age of 18 but over age of 12). What is the steps/procedure for stepparent to adopt? Does stepparent and bio parent (who are adopting the kids) need background check or just stepparent? What other paperwork is... Read more »

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

You need to hire an adoption attorney to draft Petition, Acknowledged Act & Judgment get background check, CPS approval, and file with Vital Records. If not done correctly, adoption is invalid.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: I have sole custody of my son and his father is absent , also on drugs . Can I get my husband to be able to adopt him ?

I have sole custody due to domestic violence and proof he is on drugs. What would I need to do ?

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

If the bio-dad has not paid child support and has not attempted contact with his son for 180 days, hire an adoption lawyer to do the adoption. If he has paid child support or has attempted contact with his son within the last 180 days, then hire a custody lawyer to get you a sole... Read more »

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Q: My ex husband pays child support but hasn’t contacted my 3 yo son for over a year. New Husband wants to adopt. Can he?

We split up when my son was 6 months old because my ex husband was physically abusive and the courts found him guilty. They gave me domiciliary custody of him and he has visitation that he’s exercised one time and he hasn’t contacted him since, over a year ago, soon to be two years. My current... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Dec 25, 2020

Close the child suppoet case and your husband can adopt 6 months later.

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: What steps to take for my husband to adopt my daughter? Her father isn't on the birth certificate nor part of life.

He is on child support but is over $11,000 behind. Also 2 years ago he wanted to sign over rights so he will most likely gladly sign them over so he doesn't have to pay.

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Dec 3, 2020

An attorney familiar with adoption law can help you. Intrafamily adoptions are fairly quick, assuming the biological father does not object (or if his consent is not required) and they are generally less expensive than other types of adoptions.

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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can my boyfriend adopt my son though we are unmarried? The biological father has not been in contact for four years.
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 23, 2020

No. Your boyfriend can only adopt your son once you are married.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: How can i get custody of my niece when shes born or maybe even before hand?

My sister is due to give birth in 3 weeks and has been doing illegal substances the entire pregnancy and has been violent to others and self harmed and is homeless and has another child less than 2 years old in the states care i cant have children of my own and i am the only family member with the... Read more »

Douglas Lee Bryan
Douglas Lee Bryan answered on Nov 22, 2020

You need to have an attorney involved as soon as possible, so that pleadings will be ready to file as soon as the child is born. Speak with an attorney who handles custody and family law matters. Good luck.

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Q: Can I fight for my son to be able to see his sister after she was adopted by another family??
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 18, 2020

Yes. Your son has his own rights.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: If a mother signed away her parental rights 10 years ago can a step mother adopt the child without notifying the mother?

Both the biological father and step mother have been raising the child for the past 11 years.

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 18, 2020

The mother could not sign away her rights except if they were terminated by Child Protective Services. or as part if an adoption. Hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: If my roghts have been terminated in louisiana is there anything I can do to get them back?
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Nov 10, 2020

Hire a Juvenile Court lawyer and review the facts and pleadings

2 Answers | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can my ex-husband adopt my 23 year old daughter? In Louisiana how much would it cost. Bio dad passed. All parties agree
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 18, 2020

Yes for an adult adoption no relation by blood or marriage is necessary.

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Q: How can my boyfriend adopt my daughter?

My daughter is almost 2yrs old and no father on the birth certificate, bio father has not been in contact since before her birth. My boyfriend has been the sole provider and father to her since birth. How can my boyfriend adopt her? I have looked for three days to find answers and have been unable... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Oct 11, 2020

Your boyfriend cannot adopt your daughter. But if you were married, your husband could.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: Can a 16 year old request to nullify an adoption if I wish to have contact with biological parents?

adopted when i was 10. adoptive parents and i have a on and off good relationship. Our relationship is good when we both treat each other fairly. It goes bad when they go and search for something to get mad about. And everytime something happens they say that If i continue down this road I will... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 29, 2020

You can't nullify a 6 year old adoption. Too late. Prove your maturity:

1) get on birth control,

2) get Guardasil vaccination,

3) get good grades,

4) study for ACT & SAT.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: 8 y/o child, bio dad is not on birth cert and has never seen her. hubs of 3 years (7 together) wants to adopt. Advise?

Bio dad has never been around and haven’t spoken since pregnancy. What kind of lawyer do we need to speak with and what steps should we/will we have to take?

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 22, 2020

If bio Dad has never paid child suppoet, then hire an adoption lawyer. Go to the Sheriff's or State Police Office and tell them hubby needs fingerprints run for adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Louisiana on
Q: I have a granddaughter i been taking care of SHE IS 2 YRS AND I HAVE HAD HER SINCE SHE WAS 9 MONTHS.

My daughter was so bad on drugs. Her oldest two boys her first HUSBAND has them and she is not aloud to be with them alone at all. I have daughter since she was 9 months. She is 2. heHER boyfriend had a 12 yr old let her live with me for a year,paid for everything for those 2 kId. She moved back... Read more »

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 17, 2020

Hire a juvenile court lawyer to get her back

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: My fiancé stepdaughter he has since two would like to be adopted by him but she is 18 is that still possible
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 15, 2020

We have adult adoption in Louisiana. If you are the mother, then get married first. Then hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Louisiana on
Q: Can a court force an intrafamily adoption on me (i.e. give my daughter to her step dad).

I have paid child support in the last 6 months and I have tried to see my daughter though her mother has refused, now she has filed for intra family adoption. Can the Court still order the intra family adoption go through even though I've tried to see her and can prove so and have paid child support

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 9, 2020

1) hire an adoption lawyer to file an opposing,

2) find proof of 6 months of child support,

3) print every request you made to see your child.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Louisiana on
Q: How do I adopt girlfriends children before marriage?

A disavowal from previous marriage has been completed and biological father refuses to acknowledge paternity. We are getting married in the future but want to get the adoption process started

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 7, 2020

Get married, then hire an adoption lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Louisiana on
Q: If i have custody of my child and the father refused to pay child support or see/contact child can i file abandonment

Court granted me full custody about 2 years ago and the other parent has not seen or tried to see his child. He does not want him and has agreed to sign rights over if i pay for it. I do not have the money so was wondering about filing abandonment on other parent to terminate his rights

Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux answered on Sep 1, 2020

He can't "sign over his rights" unless there is a new parent to step into his place. In other words, if you get married, your husband can adopt if the bio Dad has paid no support and failed to visit.

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