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Q: Could I lose rights to my kids just because my mother has had my kids for the last 6years?

My mother is trying to adopt my kids. I told her I was not willing to let her adopt them. And ever since I disagreed with her and her wife, she will no longer allowed me to see them , talk to them , or have any sort of contact whatsoever. She has broken the court several times. nd has lied to me... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jun 6, 2019

You need to bring court action. It sounds as though there is an order in place. You have valid rights. If you do nothing then she will argue that you have abandoned them and could possibly succeed on an adoption.

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Q: Will the OAG force an absent bio father to pay child support of he gives up his rights and the child is then adopted?

Child is on medicaid.

Bio father wants to give up rights.

Step father wants to adopt.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 5, 2019

The past child support and health support may still be owing to the state.

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Q: Homestudy done in TX, move to MO due to military, will I just update my homestudy to do private adoption in MO?

Nothing has started in TX other than having an approved homestudy. There is no child being adopted yet. Wanting to adopt a newborn. Will start looking for a child once we move. Will I need a new homestudy or can it be updated with new info on physical home.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Apr 3, 2019

Texas probably has exclusive jurisdiction to handle the adoption if the suit has already been instituted. Consult with your attorney about your move and its ramifications.

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Q: Adopted at age 4, name changed. Adoption / birth certificate never filed.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 29, 2019

You will need to ask that your case be unsealed for you to get the order which would have granted the adoption and then your name changed. Then contact BVS with a certified copy of the order. See if that works. You may have to hire a lawyer to get the file unsealed. Good luck to you.

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Q: my sister passed away 2/5 and left behind 4 beautiful children. i would like to obtain legal guardianship.

there are three dads whom are not on the birth certificates. They are not mentally, financially nor residence stable. they are not on the birth certificates and not actually proven to be the fathers by blood work. they never paid child support. they would come around once a blue moon but not... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Mar 9, 2019

First of all sorry for your recent loss of your sister. What a wonderful thing to see families taking care of their own. Your mother has standing to petition the court to deal with these issues. Let us know if you would like our assistance. 888-343-4529.

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Q: can i file for pmc for kids and why is adoption wanting an adoption for benifits dont want money only boys back

the adoption agency removed the boys in october due to natural disaster fixed problem wont give them back they keep putting one thing after another i complied with cps for 17 months no problem now after 2 visits they remove them dont help me out with any thing at all now i need divorce it will take... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 15, 2019

There is a lot going on in your stated facts. Find an attorney in your county to assist you. Look for a family law attorney. These cases are heart wrenching. You need to file your own actions stating what you want. Good luck.

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Q: Can I get Rights Of my Half sibling when I turn 18 (the father we share is abusive) they live in Iowa I live in Texas

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Feb 12, 2019

Because the child is in Iowa then please consult with an attorney in the particular city about how you would go about doing so. Good luck.

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Q: How do I get guardianship of my grandchildren. My daughter wants me to adopt them, but I don't have the money to.

My daughter signed her kids over to us, with notarized paperwork a few years ago, and has not looked back. However, now the school district doesn't want to consider us legal guardians, and so we can not get the children enrolled in school. The one has special needs, and needs her services. I... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 25, 2019

You should consult an attorney in your county. It may not be that costly to get what you want to achieve done if all parties agree on the issues. Good luck.

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Q: how can I find out if I still have custody of my kids. The mother lost custody about 4yr ago and I just found out about

I have always been involved with my kids and I have court order child support and visitation I have always struggled to get the mother to follow the orders. But this weekend my daughter came to me and told me that their mother don't have custody of them. That Cps took her right I was never informed... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Jan 9, 2019

There's a lot going on in your situation. It would be most helpful for you to schedule a consultation with an attorney.

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Q: Can you adopt in texas if you have a juvenile felony charge and went through deferred adjudication to have it dismissed?

Charge was at the age of 12, i am now 29.

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 27, 2018

Adoptions take into consideration the totality of the circumstances. In general without knowing the particular charge at hand we could not comment on that particular issue. But, if it were something that would not hinder your parenting skills and you have not been in any trouble since the age of... Read more »

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Q: The child's father died before the child was born (they were not married) - can his parents stop an adoption?

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Dec 14, 2018

This is an odd fact pattern situation. I would say consult with a lawyer to get an in depth analysis of this issue. With a little research I'm sure the answer could be had. I also would ask if the father's name was put on the birth certificate? Are the grandparents attempting to adopt? Is it... Read more »

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Q: Does it sound like I have grounds for requesting joint custody with success? Terminating her rights?

CPS removed kids from Bio Mom in late 2011, my husband got them placed in his custody in early 2012 and in 2014 the case was finalized on the last order of 2013 temporary decision hearing for him having sole custody. Bio dad for the girl died before she was born. There is a history of physical... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Nov 24, 2018

This is a very technical legal case. I would suggest that you consult with an attorney in your area as on its face it appears that you have good arguments for your adopting them. Good luck in this matter.

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Q: My brother fathered twin girls and was denied any visitation by the mom of the girls and her mom later a court gave the

Grandma temp custody due to psychological exam finding her unfit to care for them they are now 12 gma still has them she gets them when she allows her too can the mom of the twins file for child support starting from birth on my brother

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Nov 24, 2018

Your brother should consult with an attorney to find out the proper answer to this question since it appears that there are a lot of other factors that come in to play to be able to respond. Contact an attorney in the county in which you reside for a more precise answer and clearer direction.... Read more »

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Q: I have a girl friend that did a self adoption with another female who didn’t want her child.

I have a girl friend that did a self adoption with another female who didn’t want her child. We are not married and the birth father is unknown. My girlfriend is on the birth certificate alone and child has her last name. The birth mom waives her rights and signed notarized documents to wanting... Read more »

Rahlita D. Thornton answered on Nov 21, 2018

There are some things that need clarifying before the question is answered. Confirming that you are not married to the adopted mother? Also, what did the biological father play in this scenario? Was this "adoption" done through the courts? It is great that you want to step up and raise a child... Read more »

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Q: Would I be able to bring my biological mother to the U.S. if I get a citizenship status through adoption?

I was adopted by my aunt when I was like 15 years old. I am a U.S. citizen now and I would like to bring my mom. My mom gave me up for adoption because she was financially unable to take good care of me. I was just wondering if I would be able to sponsor my biological mother even though I got the... Read more »

Hector E. Quiroga answered on Oct 16, 2018

Unfortunately, no. The legal bonds between you and your bio mom were broken when your aunt adopted you.

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Q: I am being sued by my ex- in-laws for original petition and for adoption of a child. I received the documents on may 7.

I have 20 days to respond. I know my time is running out but I need to be represented in someway, if I can afford an attorney

Robert W. Leonard Jr. answered on May 21, 2018

You do need an attorney, and right away. The attorney can review the documents, advise you and prepare the appropriate response.

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Q: How do I legally adopt my 9 year old stepson that I have been Raising for 6 years?

His real father is in prison

Robert W. Leonard Jr. answered on May 21, 2018

A step-parent adoption is a relatively simple process, provided the biological mother and father agree to the adoption. The father can be served in prison; there is a very specific way to do that. Contact a local family law attorney who can walk you through all the steps and ensure that... Read more »

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Q: I'm getting married soon and my wife wants to adopt my kids but how would we go about it

There dad is on child support but never pays nor has he ever seen them a day in there life. He's willing to sign up his rights but how do we go about it or how does it work?

Robert W. Leonard Jr. answered on Apr 10, 2018

Contact a local family law attorney to work with you on the adoption. The attorney will prepare the appropriate documents for the biological father to sign, and prepare the documents needed for the court.

Your spouse will have to submit to a criminal background check and the court will...
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Q: Adoption with bench warrant for misdemeanor domestic violence assault

I have a 16 year old case in Colorado for a misdemeanor domestic violence (assault) case. There is a bench warrant due to not completing probation terms (dv classes). Currently working to determine if I can remove the warrant and close the case. Is having a domestic violence charge a lifetime... Read more »

Kiele Linroth Pace answered on Apr 9, 2018

Any resolution to the Colorado case should be reviewed by a Texas Adoption Attorney BEFORE you accept the deal. Sometimes a tiny change can make a huge difference.

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Q: Can my current husband adopt his step daughters if her biological father has nothing to do with her?

Even if her biological father still has his rights? Or can the state sever his rights?

Joy N Obiselu answered on Feb 23, 2018

A step parent cannot do a step-parent adoption without termination of one parent's rights. In this case- you will need to bring a combined suit to terminate dad's rights and a suit for step parent adoption.

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