Baby will be born in SC, we reside in NC. Mother desires us to adopt the baby as we are a stable and loving couple and she has been struggling with addiction and is single at 20 years old. We have adopted a relative before through the state of Florida. The difference is that our previous adoption... Read more »
She will need to have the child born here in NC, or you will need to go through the ICPC process (which can a lot of time and cause complications). Depending on how far out she is with the pregnancy, you'll also need to be timing a homestudy to be performed. The father can consent to the...Read more »
members, her daughter is not being well taken care of. Can the daughter legally decide who she wants to live with without her mother’s permission when she turns 13? Can I have guardianship or adopt her this way?
No a 13 year old does not get to decide where she wants to live. Think about it... if that were the case she could live with a boyfriend. Getting guardianship, termination of parental rights and adoption or even custody of a child who has a biological parent requires proving to a court, by clear...Read more »
I want to leave my parent's house.. They're manipulative, they don't care about my feelings, the mentally abuse me, etc.. I can't stay here.. I know someone that will take me in, but they're afraid to go to jail.. They said if it was legal.. They would.. I'm 17.. I... Read more »
At 18, it is not called 'running away' it is just called 'leaving your parents house' - which is something you are suppose to do. Until then you need to stop whining and suck it up and deal with it like everyone else. Best of luck.
They have brought up the step father adopting him. My arrears will end up being paid but they have brought it up. Only issue is when I agree the mother gets angry and threatens me with the law or to make sure she gets every penny from me. The step father is a great dad to my son and I feel... Read more »
judge and we have tried to adopt her to ensure she is protected and that she is finacially provided for. We have been told that we cannot do that without the mothers consent. she has made no attempts to stop using drugs or comply with anything to at least get visitation rights. what can we do to... Read more »
If the mother will not consent, then you have to file to get her parental rights terminated. There are 11 grounds which could justify the court terminating parental rights, in addition to determining that it would be in the best interest of the child that the parent's rights be terminated....Read more »
It's generally 3 years full-time, or 4 years part-time at night. Some schools have accelerated programs. Depending on the institution, you take mandatory core courses that generally include contracts, torts, constitutional law, property law, criminal law, wills/trusts, legal writing,...Read more »
How to I get coustady over a ex friends child? They are both refusing for me to get her but after December the 19th they get all rights room from them and the child goes to foster care how can I get the little girl so she doesnt go to foster care? Only reason they dont want me to get her is because... Read more »
Because she is already involved in the Social Services system, you can contact Social Services and express an interest in the child being placed with you. You will have a better chance of the child being placed if you agree to take a foster parenting class (called Model Approach to Partnerships in...Read more »
Around eight months ago my father signed my sisters over to me. I went through the process and was granted guardianship of them. He has a lengthy history of physical violence, drug abuse, theft, and so on. However, there are no legal documents that show the physical, mental, and emotional abuse... Read more »
NC court order awarding full custody to paternal grandparents and visitation to maternal grandmother who must be supervising the child when her mother is present. This court order went into judgment when the child was 2. She is going to be 10 and is deathly scared of her mother’s anger. The... Read more »
I have been doing this a long time and have heard this type of story more times than I care to remember and right off the bat, your story doesn't sound right. Here's why: If things are in fact as bad as you say they are, why in the world would you be even the slightest bit concerned...Read more »
The biological father has not had contact with my son (who is now 5) for close to three years. I have been with my partner for these past three years, and my son calls him dad. My partner and I would like to get married and he would like to adopt my son. Should the petition wait until after the... Read more »
J was initially a foster child. I was his guardian, he came to me at 3 months old. She (Biological) and I agreed that I would adopt him whenever she was through with her case plans, but did not want to involve DSS (Dept. of Social Services) Needless to say she disappeared and did not want to be... Read more »
You will likely need to petition the Court to terminate her parental rights, you will also need to include the biological father in that petition as well. If things are the way you say they are, it should be a slam dunk and then you can proceed with the adoption if you are a good candidate. Shop...Read more »
My girlfriend and I want to move in together in my parents house, (she's almost 15, and I am 15) She is a foster child, She lives in North Carolina, and i live in Pennsylvania, her dad sort of wants her out, and we're thinking if we upset him he'll kick her out, but she wants to try... Read more »
Yes, if she is emancipated but it is difficult to get emancipated. She would need to prove she can provide for herself financially and more importantly, has the common sense to take care of herself and make appropriate decisions. Neither of which is qualities of most 25 year olds let alone a 15...Read more »
My son's biological father has never seen my son and has expressed intrest in terminating his parental rights. My son has a father in his life who has been around since birth. him and I are no longer in a relationship and he is now married. Despite our relationship not working he is still in... Read more »
Obviously a man married to someone else is not a candidate to adopt your son and his continued presence in your child's life is potentially not in the best interest of his new family or your child. As to the father terminating his rights, he can not do that unilaterally - you would need to...Read more »
Im now engaged & fiance wants to adopt my son. Hes the ONLY DAD my son has ever known and has been provider for him, (US) for almost 2 yrs. I filed for primary custody of son. The biological father NEVER replied to the papers sent by my lawyer. When we filed for a motion for me to be granted... Read more »
The Court didn't 'take it upon themselves' - its standard procedure. As much as you may believe having biological dad out of you child's life is best and regardless of whether you are right or wrong - you basically do not get to make that call. Since you have a lawyer that you...Read more »
He's currently been taken to court in VA for not paying child support since 2011 because I got married with my husband. My husband is trying to adopt my son and change his last name!! My son doesn't know/understands that he's not his biological father and constantly ask why he has a... Read more »
If you and the child have resided in NC for at least the last 6 months, it may be possible to petition to terminate parental rights. If you are successful in terminating his right you will also terminate his obligation to pay child support - you don't get both. Contact a local family law...Read more »
He has been my step dad since Age 2. I am 31 years old and married for 10 years. My biological father was abusive physically, mentally, and monetary, towards my mother and when he went after us she left him. My biological is somewhere in Ca he owes an extensive amount of child support still from... Read more »
You are an adult, the time for you to have been adopted has passed. Some states do allow the adoption of an adult but usually only if the adult meets certain requirements such as being physically and / or mentally impaired.
You would need to file a petition with the clerk of court in the jurisdiction where the child lives alleging one or more of the grounds listed in NCGS 7B-1111. The petition has to be served on your ex husband. The court will appoint a guardian ad litem to investigate if the termination is in the...Read more »
No. Assuming the adoption was done correctly, your biological parents have no rights under NC law. Your adoptive parents can have law enforcement make you come back until you are 18. I realize that seems like a long time from now, but its not. If you are being physically abused, call law...Read more »
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