Tennessee Adoption Questions & Answers

Q: We rent a family home that is next door to our home. There are 60+ acres of farmland surrounding the house.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Answered on Nov 8, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
If I understand the facts, then NO, the lease was modified when you offered them the option to pay for the hunting and fishing ( and I assume they agreed and paid). By doing so, you essentially agreed the prior violation would not be an eviction offenses. The security deposit is usually to protect for damage to the premises. Consult an experienced local real estate attorney for advice on your specific situation.

Q: My daughter is pregnant and has been sentenced to prison. Can she sign over her rights for adoption?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 26, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
A"surrender " cannot be executed until after the child is born. Additionally, there are special procedures for individuals who are incarcerated. I strongly suggest you consult an experienced adoption lawyer.

Q: Me and my mother have agreed that she adopt my 13 year old daughter in tennessee. What is the process if we both agree?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
Anthony Marvin Avery's answer
You need a competent attorney to prosecute the Adoption action. It is not simple, and most importantly, both your's and the Father's rights in the Child must be Terminated. The Chancellor may wish to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem. It is much easier if the Father agrees to give up his rights and testifies at Court. The Mother will need a decent Husband also.

Q: I have been raised by a couple basically my whole life. Where can I find adult adoption forms? Besides an attorney.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 20, 2018
Anthony Marvin Avery's answer
Adoption can be very complicated. Hire a competent attorney to represent all interested parties, which makes it easier and cheaper. If the Adoption is messed up, you will know it when you try to inherit from your Parents.

Q: i am 16 years old. i was adopted a couple of years ago and i was wondering if i could legally move out w/o consent

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 28, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
No, you cannot move out without parental consent until you are 18.

Q: My daughter whom I adopted when she was 2 and is now 16 is being contacted thru social media by her biological mother,

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 19, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
If there was an adoption, the biological mothers rights were terminated. It can be a criminal offense ( only a misdemeanor, however) to violate a "contact veto" see TCA sec. 36-1-132. Consult your adoption lawyer and local law enforcement personnel for more specific advice on your situation.

Q: If my kids father has not been in here lives nor done anything for them for a year can my kids be adopted by my fiance?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 9, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
Under Tennessee law, if there is no support or meaningful visitation for 4 months, parental rights can be terminated because of abandonment. I strongly suggest your consult an experienced adoption lawyer, and perhaps get married to your fiancé.'

Q: If another state dramatically mismanages a foster child's case, can I sue the sate for legal guardianship?

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Apr 5, 2018
Mr. William Ray Glasgow's answer
There may be actions you can take to get children properly placed, but it appears you need an experienced attorney at this point. "Suing" the state should not be at the top of your list. It is difficult for everyone when the state finds it necessary to remove children from their parents. These case often get out of control despite the good intentions of the state actors. Y

Q: My stepfather adopted me when i was 7, I had my name changed legally to his surname. Him and my mother divorced in 1987

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 25, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
You may or may not have grounds to challenge the will. You would be his heir if he had no will, but it is his choice to leave you out of his will if he wishes. You should consult a probate attorney to help you review your options.

Q: Can I get rights to the son I have raised and have full time his mom gets him on weekends. Biological dad is not prsnt.

2 Answers | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 21, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
You should consult a lawyer. Your situation is complicated by the fact that you aren't married to the mother, but there may be legal options open to you.

Q: What are some things I need to know before my first court date?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 14, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
The child support guidelines take into account the amount of money you make and the number of other children in your care. Theoretically, that will leave you enough to care for the other children, but it will be difficult. You should talk to your lawyer to see if they can run the child support numbers for you and see what the amount you will be expected to pay will be. You should also ask for a downward deviation since you have the others to care for.

Q: Wanting to adopt my wife's 7yr old child, The father's name is not on the birth certificate.

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Mar 1, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
You will still need to terminate the father's parental rights in order to adopt or he may surrender them voluntarily. You should consult an attorney to help you with the adoption to make sure it is done correctly.

Q: Son's father routinely goes almost or right at 4 months before next visit. Can rights be terminated?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Answered on Feb 25, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
It could be enough to terminate the father's rights, but I would not do so until you are married so that your husband can adopt. You should consult an attorney though to look at all the facts and decide on your best legal options.

Q: How do I go about getting started with signing rights of my child once it's born over to the father?

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Tennessee on
Answered on Feb 13, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
You should consult an attorney. If you decide that you want the baby to be raised by the father, then the father can still seek child support from you. He will need to petition the court for custody if you are not married.

Q: Same sex couple, my gf has a 7 month old whom I’ve been with since birth. Can I adopt him?

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption and Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 30, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
You will need to terminate the father's rights or have him voluntarily surrender them. Then, if you are married, you can do a step-parent adoption. You should consult an attorney to help you to make sure this is done the right way.

Q: If you have child that draws child benefits because you draw but the child gets adopter does he still get to drew

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 29, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
You should contact the social security administration. They will be able to tell you.

Q: I need to terminate rights of a father who hasn't seen,his kids in 7 yrs and $30,000 behind child support. Help me plz

1 Answer | Asked in Adoption, Child Custody and Family Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 26, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
You should contact an attorney to discuss doing a step-parent adoption. They are very common. Based on these facts, it appears you have grounds to terminate the father's parental rights or he may agree to the adoption.

Q: Termination of parental rights

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Adoption, Child Custody and Child Support for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 24, 2018
Marjorie A Bristol's answer
It sounds like you have grounds to terminate the rights of the father. Step-parent adoptions are very common. You should consult an attorney to help you do the process. It sounds like the father may even want to voluntarily surrender his rights. Best of luck!

Q: a friend of mine is pregnant and has decided she doesn’t want any the baby , the daddy doesn’t want anything to do with

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Adoption for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 24, 2018
Leonard Robert Grefseng's answer
This is NOT something you can do on your own, you really need to consult an experienced adoption lawyer immediately. BOTH the mothers' and the fathers' parental rights will have to be terminated, and that can be done voluntarily ( assuming they will cooperate and sign) or it can be done involuntarily, by court action. This requires serving them with court papers and it is simple too complicated to explain in this question/answer format. Consult a lawyer and get it done right the first time.

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