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1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Oklahoma on

Q: My fiancee has a 3 year old from a previous relationship and the father is not in his life at all and my fiancee has to

Pull teeth to get child support payments. Is there any way I can adopt him?

Melissa Oxford answered on Jul 27, 2019

First, in Oklahoma a step-parent adoption requires you be married to the child’s parent for one (1) year. Second, you have to meet the qualifications set out in the law, mainly dealing with criminal history. Third, If the child is over twelve (12), they would have to consent. If these... Read more »

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Q: I have sole custody, what proof do I need to show of abandonment etc so my new spouse can adopt my children?

I was given sole custody, all divorce states is I have sole custody and respondent to pay X Amt of child support.No visitation was granted etc. Nothing has ever been paid, and he has not even had contact in nearly 3 years. He has had CF and CM arrests in the past few years (drug abuse)with deferred... Read more »

Hans Otto Lehr answered on Jun 24, 2019

If the biological father has not had substantial contact with the child in 12 months, you may be able to proceed with an adoption without the biological father's consent on the grounds of abandonment. Failure to pay child support and lack of interest in exercising visitation in this time can be... Read more »

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Q: I am doing an adoption on my own and the judge said that i need this affidavit of disclosure..how do i get this?

Melissa Oxford answered on May 24, 2019

I believe the Judge is referring to an Affidavit of Non-Disclosure. You can get it from the court clerk for the county where the adoption is filed. Here is the law that applies:

A. At the time that a written consent to adoption or permanent relinquishment is acknowledged by a biological...
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Q: how may a US citizen and resident of Oklahoma, adopt an adult male (30 years old ) who is citizen of a foreign country?

Melissa Oxford answered on May 23, 2019

Typically, adult adoptions are an easy process. The law requires the consent of the person to be adopted and the consent of the spouse of the person adopting. However, I recommend consulting with an immigration attorney.

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Q: How can I get my son adopted by his Step Father.

He hasn't paid child support in years or seen him in a few years. His Bio dad said he would sign if that's what my son wanted, my son will be 15 this year. His biological dad is in jail in Texas and does reside there.

Kyle Persaud answered on Apr 30, 2019

If you have the biological father's consent, the stepfather may adopt the child (provided the stepfather meets the other requirements for adoption.)

If you do not have the biological father's consent, then, in order for the stepfather to adopt the child, you need to prove that either:...
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Q: I'm the guardian of my 2 nieces.The dad is the est. father of 1, not the other. Are visits reqr'd for the non est child?

He was told by judge that paternity needs to be done at his cost. It's been 8 months since hearing. The parents are not married and the mother was married to another man at time of conception. The mother's husband was not on child's birth certificate and does not claim child but the other man does... Read more »

Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 16, 2019

Before you can collect child support from this man, the man would have to be "adjudicated" the father -- that is, a judge would have to rule that he is the father.

If this man has not been adjudicated the father, is would appear that he does not have visitation rights. But, if the man is...
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Q: How to get my daughter back if adoption is not final and father didnt sign consent

I signed consent but her father will not we want our baby back. How can we get her.. nothing has been finalized

Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 12, 2019

A consent to adoption may be revoked within 15 days after the consent is signed.

Other than that consent is irrevocable, unless you can show that:

"1. By a preponderance of the evidence that without good cause shown, a petition to adopt was not filed within nine (9) months after the...
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Q: How can a false accused father under epo in Oklahoma get rights to his son?

I have aspergers, ADHD, autism, cerebral palsy. I am 29 years old I live in Oklahoma. I fell in love with a girl who has microcephaly. We both have drivers licenses, graduated high school, and can dress ourselves. She got pregnant and I found out her mom was abusing her so I went to legal aid... Read more »

Kyle Persaud answered on Mar 6, 2019

If there is an EPO against you, then, the judge has probably set the case for another hearing.

Go to your next hearing. At the hearing, present evidence that you have never harassed the mother or the child.

For the mother and child to continue this protective order against you, they...
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Q: My son is from Oklahoma and has been put up for adoption.

He has now been adopted by a family member but Dad now wants the child paternity has not been established nor is he on the birth certificate can he get the child if he lives out of state.

Pete David Louden answered on Dec 9, 2018

This is going to be fact dependant. Best answer is contact an Oklahoma attorney and fully explain what has happened up to this point and then they will be able to explain your options.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Employment Law, Family Law and Sexual Harassment for Oklahoma on

Q: Foster parent mistreating their adopted 17 year old. Enslaving her to do his business for very minimum pay.

She gets up at 6am every morning and works till 6pm chopping wood all day making 4x4x8 stacks of wood. Only paying her $20 dollars per trailer. That is below labor laws. She had told me other things in the past that were disturbing and cried not to go back and she was reported runaway last July... Read more »

Jason Perkins answered on Nov 8, 2018

If you feel that the child is being harmed you should contact DHS and speak with an attorney about what other options you have available.

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Q: My husband and I were given a family friends 9 year old little boy Oct 2017 to live with us permanently and raise with

the option to be guardians or adopt. His great grandmother is his adoptive mother at this time, she is 73. He has been in my life since he was weeks old on a constant basis. I married in April 2017. When xxxx's daddy passed away, he was 3. He began receiving survivor benefits. Since living with us,... Read more »

Pete David Louden answered on Sep 12, 2018

This is too involved yo adequately address in this forum. You need to immediately meet with an attorney to review this situation and discuss your options.

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Q: Is there a way to become a legal guardian of my stepdaughter? We haven’t heard from her mother in like 7 years.

No child support has been paid or phones calls or any trying on her part. My husband (her father) has full custody. Is there a way for me to become a legal guardian? She is 16. I want to eventually adopt her. Just not in a place to be able to do that right now.

Lindsey Willis Andrews answered on Jul 25, 2018

The best answer is to consult with an attorney regarding current guardianship laws and what is an appropriate filing in this circumstance.

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Q: My husband and I want to adopt our nieces. Currently my parents have full custody of them. What should we do?

My husband and I live in Oklahoma, while my parents live in Tennessee. My parents were awarded full custody in the Fall of 2015. They have not yet adopted the two girls, but are wanting to adopt them as well. Both of my neices parents have been known drug users and in and out of jail. I'm just... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 22, 2018

You should consult an experienced Family Law Attorney, in Tennessee , for help with this problem if an adoption is pending there, or to help file one for you.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Oklahoma on

Q: My husband and I want to adopt our nieces. Currently my parents have full custody of them. What should we do?

My husband and I live in Oklahoma, while my parents live in Tennessee. My parents were awarded full custody in the Fall of 2015. They have not yet adopted the two girls, but are wanting to adopt them as well. Both of my neices parents have been known drug users and in and out of jail. I'm just... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 9, 2018

You should consult an experienced Family Law Attorney, in their area in Tennessee for help with this problem. Since the kids are there, that's where an adoption must be filed. You can also contact their DHS Caseworker and express your concern about drug use, and let them know about your desire... Read more »

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Q: after two years in foster care an my children haven't been adopted yet an Ive made significant changes can i get them

I had to sign my rights up to my 4 children almost 3 years ago. 2 where adopted an 2 an still in foster care. Im working with casa to get my oldest back but i wont both back. I live in Oklahoma but this happened in Texas. I was told if children haven't been adopted by two years they have to legally... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 6, 2018

This is really a question under Texas adoption law since your case is there. Ask it in the Texas forum. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Child Custody for Oklahoma on

Q: how do i give full custody of my new born or allow my mom to adopt in oklahoma my baby daddy agrees with the arangement

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 4, 2018

The adoption process is very complicated, and requires a lawyer to do it. Your mom should hire an experienced family law attorney to help her ASAP. In the mean time, just voluntarily let Mom take care of your baby. I think it's great that you care enough about your baby to see that it's cared... Read more »

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Q: Me and my fiance have parental rights but dont have custody and dhs said no about adoption to brother although approved.

Dhs said no to my fiance's older brother that is licensed Foster parent that past everything but because of our two infant daughters being in the temporary home she's been in for well over a year they think it's best for our two daughters to be in the same home and not moved out of state and trying... Read more »

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Mar 1, 2018

You have a very complicated situation, which cannot be properly answered here. You should consult an experienced Family Law Attorney, in your area, for help with this problem and advise you on the DHS issues. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oklahoma on

Q: I’m a mother to a 4 year old girl and her father hasn’t seen her but twice when she was a new born and hasn’t seen her

Since he pays child support but my gf soon to be wife wants to adopt and (he) the father isn’t on any paperwork or anything is there anything I can do to get his rights completely taken away and stop child support

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Feb 27, 2018

When a child is adopted, parental rights and child support are terminated. However since he is paying child support, he must be notified of the proposed adoption. I'll bet he will consent to it since he has shown no interest in the child.

You should consult an experienced Family Law...
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Q: My son was adopted October of last year my rights were terminated and I finally talked to the father who didn't know

About him and I was just wondering if he could still get a DNA test and maybe take custody since he never gave up his rights

Gary Johnston Dean answered on Feb 17, 2018

Adoption is a very complicated legal process, and I need much more information than you provided to give you a good answer. You should consult an experienced Family Law Attorney, in your area, for help with this adoption problem.

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