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1 Answer | Asked in Domestic Violence, Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: I live with my dad and he is mentally abusive to me mostly. I babysit my 2 siblings from 8 to 10 hours a day. I’m 15

I get no compensation. I don’t want my dad to get into trouble and get my siblings taken away. I want to know what my options are to get out of my house. Could I move in with a different family member? Would I get in trouble legally for leaving?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Aug 19, 2019

You generally have only two options - let your mother know so she can Petition the court for a change of custody or report that you are being abused to children's services or a school counselor or your doctor. If you report abuse there will be an investigation and you and your siblings could be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I was adopted want nothing to do with adopted parents. I have a relationship w/ my biological parent

Want to remove adopted parents from birth cert and put bio parents and change last name to birth last name

Reason for removing adopted parents is adopted farther molested me adopted mother physically abused me i want nothing to do with them or any ties to them. Please help

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on May 1, 2019

If you are over age 18 and your biological parents consent you could have your biological parents adopt you and that should amend your birth certificate. Check on this with vital statistics but it might work. Just be aware that this could effect any benefits or future inheritance rights you have... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Bankruptcy for Oregon on
Q: hello I filed chapter 7 back in 2017 my 2015 Dodge Ram was included in that ch 7 the credit union has allowed me to keep

the vehicle however it is not being reported to the credit agencies can i turn in said vehicle without repercussions thank you Todd

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Feb 23, 2019

If you signed a reaffirmation agreement on the Dodge, the lender can still pursue a judgment post bankruptcy for which you would be liable. If you did not sign a traffic, you can simply turn it over to the lender and walk away. Check with your bankruptcy attorney as to what your signed and your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Adoption for Oregon on
Q: My son was adopted by his paternal grand parents when he was 7. Now at almost 17 he wants to come live with me.

His grandma will never allow this so he wants to just leave and come to me in Massachusetts.. If he does will either of us be in legal trouble?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Sep 9, 2018

Why risk being charged with custodial inference? When he turns 18 he can live anywhere he wants. Just tell him you have a room waiting for him when he turns 18 and he can stay as long as you both want.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oregon on
Q: If a child has no legal father, can the child be adopted by their mother's husband when she gets married?

There is no one on the birth certificate, no paternity test, and no custodial or support agreements. Mother has full custody and has for the entire 6 years of the child's life.

M. Nicole Clooten
M. Nicole Clooten answered on Aug 27, 2018

Adoption terminates a parent's legal rights to a child. If there is no legal father, there are no rights to terminate. However, it is best practice, if the father is known, to have him served with the petition. If he has had no interaction with the child for at least one year, the adoption... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: I have proof my dad has verbally abused me. This has been happening for some time. I'm depressed. Can I be adopted??

I'm depressed here and my dad is a drunk who's very controlling and abusive, I can't live with my mom right now because of a misunderstanding concerning a legal issue with her boyfriend, can my best friends mom adopt me so I can be in a stable household my senior year??, she's loved me more than he... Read more »

M. Nicole Clooten
M. Nicole Clooten answered on Jul 30, 2018

In short, not at this time. It sounds like what needs to happen is for you to disclose this abuse to either a counselor or to Child Protective Services. Generally they will place you with the closest stable family member who is willing to provide care. However, be aware that your father will... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Can i as a stepchild. Adopt my deceased stepfather.

What are my rights rules and conditions of being a stepchild same mom differnt dads

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Feb 12, 2018

You cannot adopt a dead person. Maybe if you tell us what you are trying to accomplish we can suggest a more appropriate solution?

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Oregon on
Q: my daughter was adopted in 2004 and than came back to live with me in 2013 and she is now 18 how do i adopt her back

she wants her father and i to be back on her birth certificate and go by her birth last name

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Oct 31, 2017

Since she is over age 18 she can consent to her own adoption. It would cut her off from any inheritance rights from her adoptive parents and could have other adverse consequences with her adoptive parents. If all she wants to to share your name, she could do a legal name change. A legal name... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Im 15 almost 16. I have recorded my Mom saying I Hate you and to leave. Will I get in trouble by the cops if I go move?
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jul 18, 2017

Well for starters, you haven't clearly expressed what is going on. We know you are a minor. You recorded your mom saying she hates you and she wants you to leave - which was probably during the heat of some argument. I don't think anyone would take that as a final statement of your mother's that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Native American Law for Oregon on
Q: I also have another question I was adopted when I was two days old to a white family and I'm native American .

My birth mom never told anyone she was pregnant with me and gave birth with me without anyone knowing. I'm one of the oldest in five kids which are all enrolled in the yurok tribe but because my father who is enrolled in the tribe along with all my brothers and sisters. But since I was adopted and... Read more »

Robert Donald Gifford II
Robert Donald Gifford II answered on Mar 21, 2017

You will need a DNA tests of yourself and father, birth certificates, and your father's CDIB card to help get this started. You have to work this thru your tribe.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: my boyfriend is coming down and wants me to sign adoption papers for his daughter the mother gave up her parental rights

to get her sentence dropped in jail how do i go by doing the adoption papers

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Mar 15, 2017

This is a bad idea, and I would advise against it for many reasons. Mother can't just give up her parental rights, unless they were terminated by a court order. You will need a judgment/decree of adoption, which will make you the legal parent of the child. You should consult with an attorney... Read more »

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