I was born outside of marriage, and then my father signed an "affidavit of legitimation" after he married my mother. Per Rhode Island law, this document is sealed and Vital Records will only issue copies of it with a court order. I am applying for recognition of inherited Italian... Read more »
I have raised my daughter since the week she came home from the hospital after being born. I may not be her biological father, but all she knows is I'm her daddy. Her biological father is not on the birth certificate and has not had contact with my wife since she was about 3 months pregnant... Read more »
My ex has not seen my daughter in 8 years my fiance wants to adopt her once were married. My daughter has no desire to see or speak to her father and I have sole custody with all decision making as well as a restraining order all done thru Florida. We now live in Rhode island and I have no idea... Read more »
It is critically important for you to get the location of the biological father so he can be given notice of your intention to adopt the child. Meet with an attorney fluent in adoption and retain them to assist you.
Basically, I was in a pretty bad relationship that resulted in the pregnancy of my ex girlfriend. Although my son is due in June, she continues to consume wine. Even before the pregnancy while she was breastfeeding her daughter, she would consume wine and other types of liquor. She even smoked a... Read more »
I have always been involved with them since before birth- extremely close to them. They are close to my 19 month old son. I have not meet the foster family/ adopted family. What are ways that I can legally protect us to make sure that we will always have contact? I live in CT
I'm getting married in October 2015. My fiancee wants to adopt my 5 year old son once we're married. However, my fiance is not my son's biological father. My son's father lives across the country and has never once seen him, helped with him, paid child support, anything. But I... Read more »
If you qualify for free legal services, you may well find an attorney to assist you through Rhode Island Legal Service or the Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer Program. If you can afford to hire an attorney, that would be your best avenue. Adoptions are rather a specialized area of practice and the...Read more »
UN-adopted children become wards of the state and are likely to end up in the custody of DCYF. This may not be the optimal situation and the Judges in the family court are not generally inclined to leave a child "parent-less" excepting some extreme situations. Meet with A family Court...Read more »
My daughter has had legally guardianship of my grandkids once my other daughter was tpr'd.. She has since they were young doing well but is unable to petition for guardianship.. At this point her sister has three young children of her own and I would like guardianship
Yes, you are free to represent yourself. Sadly, it won't be very easy as you are likely not familiar with the policies and procedures of the courts. Engaging a professional attorney to assist you in navigating the courts ways will be far more efficient and effective. The fees for legal...Read more »
My friend is pregnant with her fifth child. She wants me to adopt so the child can have a better life. She has lost custody of her four children and they are currently in state care. What is my first step in making this happen. She is due in August. Is there any way to make this a private closed... Read more »
Call an attorney to set up a private meeting and retain them to assist you in the process of adopting the child after it is born.
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