I currently have supervised visits with my child out in the community, currently that visits are being supervised by the person who has the Guardianship of my child. It is not working out, the person lies in court about my visits says nothing but negative things about my visit that are not true all... View More
Great question. To my knowledge, all supervision agencies would require on-site visits for liability reasons (they don't want their employees out some place they can't really control and in what could be a volatile situation). While not ideal (it costs time, money, and let's face it:...View More
More likely, referee will simply review the CPS and criminal investigation reports, and may contact those agencies for a status update. Judges and referees are not police or investigators so they are not going to be contacting witnesses directly.
Depends in part on what you mean by paternal father's rights being "stripped"; were his rights terminated or was mother awarded sole custody? There is a difference. Either way, it will be hard to be named legal father without marrying the mother and doing a step-parent adoption.
I want my husband who has now known my son for almost 10 years to adopt him so he has parental rights and we all have the same last name. I live in Michigan and because bio dad pays child support I guess he has rights to my son. I don't even receive my child support every month. My son will be... View More
I'm not sure there would be any penalties. Typically, an adoption from a termination case ends that court's involvement and vests full parental rights on the adopting person. They are then free to pass on that authority in any legal way - common examples would be through a parental power...View More
Are you looking to adopt a different child? If your parental rights have been terminated, you face a significant uphill battle. First, you have no say in who can adopt your child or children; nor can a court direct it. Second, if your rights have been terminated, you almost certainly are on Central...View More
There might be a time period requirement. But even if there's not, or you meet that requirement before reapply, understand that a great deal of discretion is in the hands of local DHS officials and the agencies themselves. At the least, your application will receive heightened scrutiny, and...View More
The child doesn’t know that the father isn’t his biological father — the step father tried 2 adopt him years ago but the biological father opposed it (the only thing he’s ever done “for” the child). Now the biological father is deceased. The step father has been the in loco parentis... View More
I believe with the child being 14 years old, the child would have to consent to the adoption, so there would not be a way to do so without his or her knowledge. But I think the stepfather very well could file for adoption at this point.
My niece was removed from her mom due to drugs. My brother(out of state not in the picture) is the biological father. When my niece was removed she was placed with the mothers sister. My niece has recently been removed because of the aunt had kids fighting at her house and it is an unstable... View More
Your ability to intervene depends in part on your brother's legal status to the child. I understand that he is the biological father, but is he the legal father? It sounds like with the removal, this case may be heading toward a termination proceeding, in which both the mom and your...View More
My boyfriend has had his daughter full time since she was born, he and his ex lived in an apartment in Nevada at the start and tried living life the "normal" way. Soon after (about 4 months after birth) the bio-mom started partying and not being responsible. She has a lengthy history of... View More
One question that needs to be addressed is why does your boyfriend's parents have guardianship. That aside, ex-girlfriend could not just show up and take the child. She could, of course, reenter the picture. But given the amount of time that's passed, and the other issues going on with...View More
I am confused by your question. If the man you consider to be your father is on your birth certificate, I don't think an adoption is possible or even what you're after. The adoption process is, very simplistically, a means to name a legal father. In the eyes of the law, that man is...View More
The Biological father moved out of state. If he comes back would he be ordered to support from the child's birth? State assistance was used for my son's prenatal and birth care. I am looking at getting married and doing a step parent adoption. I believe I would have to given him legal... View More
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