I’ve had full legal and physical custody of my son always. His bio father never met him, never contributed anything. He was a drug user and a criminal and he scammed me. It’s been almost 5 years with no contact. My fiancé is the only dad my son has ever known. My ex is vindictive and violent... Read more »
My fiance and I are getting married and he plans to adopt my daughter so we are looking for legal consult as to where to begin and what we would need to do (once we are married, I'm sure) for him to adopt her.
If your daughter ‘s natural father is still living, you will need his consent, or will have to serve him with legal papers to respond and if he fails to object you can proceed by default. With consent of the natural father, the procedure is fairly straight forward. Congratulations on your...Read more »
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...Read more »
My mother’s best friend kept my sister away from my mother and secretly filed for full custody while she was on her deathbed. She obtained full custody due to the death. She does not allow visitiation for a majority of the family. It’s been 6-7 years, any chance of getting her back?
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...Read more »
We had worked with this company, and thought we they were giving us a refund we didn't know about. They called a month later, saying they wrote the check to the wrong people. It was intended for a couple with the same last name. Am I obligated to give the money back for their mistake?
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.
My fiance and I both want this. My daughter only knows me as her dad. We are very happy but we are always restricted by the past which is why I want to adopt. We don't really want to contact him. He has never paid anything for her. He has multiple dui. He broke my fiance's face. Anything we can do?
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...Read more »
Myself and my husband are currently on EAD (employment based) status. We have adopted a child (baby girl 4 year old) in India in March this year. My husband is staying in India with her and i travel back and forth every other month. Upon completion of 6 months the legal formalities in India will be... Read more »
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...Read more »
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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