Mark Oakley's answer So, if I am understanding your question, your were adopted away from your birth father, and legally became the child of your adoptive father. By law, that means you are no longer the child of your birth father for any legal purpose, including the right to inherit any part of your birth father’s estate. On the other hand, you are now deemed to be the child of your adoptive parent, with all the legal rights as if you were the natural born child of that parent.
Mark Oakley's answer Your family needs a lawyer, but yes, you can at the very least petition for visitation if not full custody. Is the father still in the picture? He would have greater rights to petition for custody, but any close family member could qualify. More facts are needed, and a consult with a lawyer to explore all the circumstances is the only sensible way to proceed.
Elizabeth Pugliese's answer Child support and access are two different things. Even if he is not paying child support, he is entitled to see the children. Nor does it meet the definition of neglect to not pay child support.
The better solution is to file for a modification of custody and address the child support in the same matter. When he shows up to get custody, child support will also be taken care of.
Mark Oakley's answer It is possible, if both parents agree, to grant another adult custody of their child to raise, either temporarily or for an unspecified term. I recommend that the arrangement be in writing, signed by all necessary parties. You have not asked about legal adoption, so I assume that your best friend is not seeking to become the legal adoptive parent and that the birth parents are not looking to give up their legal parental rights. The longer that person other than the birth parents raise a...
Bennett James Wills' answer Short answer is yes: biological father needs to consent or you'll need to go through the legal process to terminate his rights. You need to consult local counsel. There are many moving parts to your situation that would need to be evaluated.
Robert Jason De Groot's answer Go to a local adoption attorney for the specific advice that you need. Basically, the father has to consent and there is usually no way around this. If he will not consent, then perhaps a child support action should be filed, only a local family/adoption attorney is going to know the right way to do things in your state.
Shan Dimitris Potts' answer We need to know what kind of visa you are on. EAD just means you have a work permit to work legally in the United States, it does not say anything about the type of visa you have. If you are on legal visa you will be able to bring the child here as a dependant and to guide you properly I need know the type of visa you and your husband are on. All the best and congratulations on the adoption.
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Cedulie Renee Laumann's answer No, hiring an attorney is not mandatory. A petitioner may file for adoption either "pro se" (self represented) or with an attorney. Because the law requires that adoption proceedings follow various rules and procedures, it may well be a good idea to hire an attorney for such a proceeding.
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