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Q: The national passport agency has rejected my birth certificate because it is not the original issued at my birth.

This was due to adoption. How can I obtain the original birth certificate from when I was born to my biological parents?

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jan 27, 2017

Contact the records clerk in the city where you were born for a copy of your birth certificate. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website.... Read more »

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Q: If a child was born before my ex-wife and I got divorced. Am I legally the father in NY state? Can I get custody?

She was living in Florida and we had sex about the time the boy was conceived. According to Florida law, he is legally my son. His maternal grandmother got guardianship in Florida and brought him back to Westchester county. I have been living in Westchester the entire time. At the time the mother... Read more »

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jan 27, 2017

You can file for child custody rights in NY over any child that is biologically yours, regardless of whether you were married or not at the time. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media... Read more »

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Q: My husband wants to adopt my eldest she's almost 13 the birth father won't sign off on it and I have sole custody

He has no rights can my husband still adopt if he won't sign

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jan 26, 2017

Your husband's parental rights would have to be terminated in court prior to any adoption action, and he could object to such termination of rights. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for New York on
Q: My stepdaughter passed away but had a son first now they moved out of ny and we found out my grandson is being abused

Do we have rights to our grandson we live in nyc they moved to florida and just found out the father never signed an acknowledgment of paternity at my grandsons birth

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jan 26, 2017

You should contact a FL child custody lawyer about this. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties; or create any Attorney-Client relationship.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Animal / Dog Law for New York on
Q: Adopted a kitten from a freelance foster. She took my payment and gave my kitten away to another famliy. Can I sue?

She admitted she was just testing me. Even though she took my money.

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jan 24, 2017

See my answer to your identical question. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me, my credentials, awards, honors, testimonials, and media appearances/ publications on my law practice website. I practice law in CA, NY, MA, and DC in the following... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for New York on
Q: my daughter is 49 i married her mom when she was 2 we enrolled her in school under my name but i never adopted her. her

her license and her social security number is in my last name see whats to get a passport but they want to see adoption papers and we don't have them her birth certificate is in her birth name what do we do

Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
Ali Shahrestani, Esq.
answered on Jan 19, 2017

Can she not get a passport using her own name? Why not? More facts are needed here. The best first step is an Initial Consultation with an Attorney. You can read more about me on my law practice website. This answer does not constitute legal advice; make any predictions, guarantees, or warranties;... Read more »

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Q: my husband wants to adopt my 21 year old son and give him his name, how can we do this? My son wants to do this also
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
answered on Nov 4, 2015

Your husband would file a petition for adoption in court.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for New York on
Q: How do I get a copy of my original birth certificate with my bio parents names in NY
Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
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Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
answered on Apr 23, 2011

You will have to Petition the Court to Unseal the Adoption to try to locate your Birth Certificate.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for New York on
Q: I want to open 61 yr old ny adoption record
Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
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Kenneth Mitchell Kaplan
answered on Apr 23, 2011

You must file a Petition to Unseal the Adoption in the jurisdiction where the Adoption took place.

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