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Q: Stepparent adoption?

The biological mom of my 2 daughters lost them to state in 2015 never did anything to get them back my husband and I got the kids and at that time he recieved full custody also, with the bio mom receiving 1 hour supervised visits a week and 2 phone calls. Well she has always been a heavy addict... Read more »

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Aug 12, 2019

This is something you'll need to consult with a local attorney about to see if judges in your area will modify the judgment. It sounds like you've already gotten everything you can from the court short. You would have to show some sort of detriment to the kids to get no contact between a parent and... Read more »

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Q: I married a woman 2 years ago who at the time had a 6 month old son who's father abandoned him. I want to adopt

The biological father has had nothing to do with my son so his mother only sees fit he wears our last name with the rest of his immediate family.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jul 15, 2019

Based on the information you've given, it sounds like you meet the criteria for a step-parent adoption. Talk to an attorney local to you to assist you.

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Q: I'm seventeen years old and I was adopted by my grandparents but I want to move in with my mom can I do that?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jul 9, 2019

If your grandparents give you permission to move then you may, otherwise you will have to wait until you are eighteen.

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Q: My fiancé’s kids’ father moved out of state and has not contacted them in months. Is this considered abondonment

My fiancé’s kids’ father moved to California 10 months ago (We live in Missouri) and has not spoken to them in 6 months. Is this considered a form of abondoment? If so, what steps can we take to terminate parental rights in order for me to adopt them? He “pays” child support (about $700)... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 3, 2019

You and the children's mother will need to be married for six months before you can seek adoption. After that, talk to an adoption attorney local to you to assist you.

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Q: Does Missouri recognize triparenting?

I am the biological mother. My boyfriend is biological father to my youngest and is adopting the oldest. My female roommate is married and wants to adopt the two children as well since all 3 of us raise them.

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Feb 25, 2019

While your roommate can assist you, and your boyfriend in raising the children, you cannot have have more than two legal custodians for a child.

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Q: My sons father pays child support threw the state. But has not seen my son in 3 years. Is that considered abandonment?

My son is 6 and has seen bio dad a handful of times. He knows my husband as his dad. Multiple times his bio dad has disappeared and come back later trying to see him. At this point it has been 3 years since they have seen each other. However he does have child support taken out of his checks by the... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Jan 8, 2019

The first thing to do would be to ask the biological father if he would contest your husband's adoption of your son. If not, then an adoption would be very straightforward. If he would contest the adoption, then you a court would have to evaluate the strength or the parent -child relationship... Read more »

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Q: Can my fiance adopt my five year old daughter?

Father has been proven by DNA testing but is not on birth certificate. He hasn't been in her life at all. There is no parenting plan or custody agreement between me and her father.

Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on Jan 2, 2019

Talk to an attorney about step-parent adoptions. There are lots of procedural hurdles and hoops, so having an attorney is going to be the easiest way to accomplish an adoption.

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Q: Father has been absent for a year and a half due to failing to comply with the court order of a drug test.

I am filing to get Sole Legal and Physical Custody. I need advice and help on what my chances are and what my defense is to protect my child. I am currently in a serious relationship and engaged. We have spoke about adoption but are not sure on what that process entails or what we need in order to... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Nov 27, 2018

Considering that the father has been absent for so long, and did not comply with court orders, you may very well be able to get sole custody, especially if he continues to be absent and does not respond to the petition for custody.

Regarding your engagement, you and your new spouse will...
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Q: Can my fiance adopt my son?

My son's biological father isn't on the birth certificate and no paternity has been established. I haven't heard from him in over a year at which point he told me never to contact him again regarding our child. He's been in prison for the last 8 month's. Can my fiance adopt my son under these... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Aug 13, 2018

Step-parent adoptions usually require the parents to have been married for six months first. Otherwise, you meet the requirements for adoption. Get married first, and then after six months, contact an adoption attorney in your area to assist you.

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Q: Process of adopting a child (my husband's step child)

My husband is divorced, and has a step child from the previous marriage. Her biological dad is not in the picture, and my husband has always been "Dad" to her. Her mother is on board with us adopting her. The mother is wanting part-time contact. This seems like a really unique situation to me. What... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 24, 2018

This would be a fairly straightforward adoption if mom is consenting and it's what the child wants. If the child is over fourteen, she will need to formally consent as well. The biological father would have to be notified/served in some way and if he either consents or does not respond, then you... Read more »

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Q: I am wanting to know more about terminating my parental rights. My son is almost 13yrs old.

I am about 40k in debt due to child support. I have supervised visits(2-3hr drive) one hr a week from a 2007 court order. I can't afford to remodify custody or child support payments. It cost me over a $100 every week to see him in gas alone. I have to choose when i can see him b/c i might not... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 23, 2018

You can't terminate your rights without someone else to take your place, like a step -parent adoption. However you may be able to modify the order to reflect a no contact, no support agreement. Such an order would not get rid of the arrears; you would still owe it, but it would get rid of... Read more »

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Q: Can my husband adopt my daughter if her biological father is 15,000 dollars behind in child support?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Apr 8, 2018

It doesn't really matter if your ex is behind in child support or not. You and your husband will need to have been married for six months, and if uncontested, your ex needs to simply not respond to the petition, or voluntarily terminate rights. However, if he contests the adoption, you will need... Read more »

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Q: Can Grandparents rights or visitations be attached to a Missouri adoption?

We have legal guardianship of our grandson. A visitation schedule for his maternal grandparents was attached by the court to the guardianship. His mother is deceased and his father has signed over parental rights to us. Could the court attach visitations or grandparents rights for the maternal... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Mar 27, 2018

It would be unlikely. Adoptions legally sever original blood ties, and set up new ones under the law. So if you adopt your grandson, legally he speaking he becomes your son. Talk to an attorney about your adoption options.

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Q: My girlfriend is currently looking to get custody of her sister from her abusive mother, I'm doing research for her.

Currently my girlfriend is away at basic training for the army reserves. Once she gets back she is lookking to get custody of her sister from her abusive mother. I'm looking for where I need to start looking to do the research required so that when she returns she can start this process. I've also... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Feb 27, 2018

Your girlfriend will want to talk to an attorney local to her and her sister about seeking a child guardianship.

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Q: My husband of 35 years would like to adopt my 40 old daughter for inheritance purposes, do we need a lawyer for this?
Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Feb 20, 2018

Yes, speak to an attorney that does adult adoptions.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support and Family Law for Missouri on
Q: legal guardianship an support for minor child.

6 year old child living with a family the mother of the child has a boyfriend in the family! The mother basically abandoned the child an has been on the streets doing herion for the past 2 years ! She is now incarcerated an the head of the family watching him has died an has a huge trust!! Nothing... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Feb 19, 2018

No, the trust cannot be challenged. Though the family head seemed to be doing mother a favor by caring for the child in the first place, it does not sound as though this family is actually responsible for the child. While in state custody, it is the states responsibility to care for the child;... Read more »

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Q: My child's father hasn't made effort to be involved for several years. Is it my legal obligation to know his address?

The address I had for him was incorrect. I tried having him served other papers prior to filing adoption. He couldn't be served at that address. So when we filed adoption, we ran an add in the paper instead of trying to serve him. Child support garnishment has stopped so now he got a lawyer to undo... Read more »

Lydia Seifner
Lydia Seifner answered on Feb 3, 2018

It is not your obligation to know his address. It is his obligation to inform you of his address. The fact that his hasn't been involved and failed to keep you updated so that you could serve him personally goes in your favor. Talk to an attorney local to you who does contested adoptions.

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Q: If a father has his daughter get adopted by a man that is dating his child's mom does he still have to pay child support
Kristen Thurmond
Kristen Thurmond answered on May 1, 2017

If a child is adopted, then the previous parent's rights are terminated. Additionally, once a child becomes the legal child of a person that person becomes responsible for their care, custody, and support. Essentially, all obligations transfer to the new parent. However, it may be possible that any... Read more »

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Q: My husband and I have had guardianship of a now 3 year old. Her mother is prostituting and lives with her pimp. We have

Had her for over 2 years. We are the only mommy and daddy she has known. Her mother has only seen her on 2 different occasions and both times was only for a few hours. Her mother is from Texas and had 2 other children taken away by CPS which her last one was under aggravated circumstances because... Read more »

Brandi L. Ward
Brandi L. Ward answered on Apr 6, 2017

You are likely eligible for adoption now and I would encourage you to meet with a family law attorney in your area immediately.

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Q: Can my son be adopted by his step father at the age of 18 without involving biofather?

He has never had anything to do with my son and now he is dead

Justin Michael Crozier
Justin Michael Crozier answered on Feb 18, 2016

Probably not. Unless the biological father has given up his parental rights. A child only gets to have two parents. If the biological father still has parental rights, then the child can't be adopted. If the rights HAVE been given up, then he doesn't need to be involved at all.

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