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Jennifer S Fairfax

Silver Spring Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. Getting custodial parent and legal custody in MD of niece adoption in PA

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    1 lawyer answer

    You definitely need to hire an adoption attorney. If the birth parents (both mother and father) are willing to consent to the adoption by you and your husband, there is a process you must follow for purposes of interstate adoption (this means the adoptive parents and birth parents live in two separate states). You can file a Petition for Adoption once you have their consents and go through the adoption process. I strongly encourage you to call an adoption attorney. Go to www....

  2. Can i just print out parental sign over paper out and have my babys daddy sign it???

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    1 lawyer answer

    A parent cannot just sign away their rights. The only way to terminate a parents rights in Maryland is through adoption meaning you have someone else willing to parent the child with you so the biological father signs a consent to the adoption and you complete the adoption or the child is taken into child protective services and parental rights are terminated due to abuse or neglect. In a situation like yours, there is no way to terminate the biological fathers rights. Now whether you...

  3. Can i teminate a adoption?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Janna Jill Annest
    2. Jason E Cuomo
    3. Jennifer S Fairfax
    3 lawyer answers

    This answer is not legal advice creating an attorney client relationship. Adoption is a permanent creation of the parent child relationship. When the adoption occurs, previous legal parents (biological or previous adoptive parents) rights are terminated except in a step parent or second parent where one previous parent retains rights. You cannot terminate an adoption or your parental rights but as previously noted, you should have not further financial obligations one the child turns 18 in...

  4. Can A Notary Notarize Adoption Consents if they are also the Director of the Adoption Agency?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    2. Janna Jill Annest
    2 lawyer answers

    It depends. Many state law allows that, a couple do not. You should speak with an attorney in the state where the consent was taken or provide that in your fact scenario so that someone from that particular state can assist.

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  5. I have a 16 year old daughter that my husband wants to adopt how can I do this without an attorney

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    1 lawyer answer

    This is for educational purposes only and not legal advice. Call the adoption clerk at the circuit court in your county. In Maryland where I practice, the court provides pro se forms and guidance and sometimes can appoint a pro bono attorney to assist you in you qualify. If it is truly uncontested, the courts are usually friendly and want to make the system available to everyone not just those who can afford an attorney. Even if you don't have a lawyer for yourself of the biological father,...

  6. Family friend wants us to adopt her unborn child.

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
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    You should immediately contacta private attorney in your home state, MIssouri. This does not have to be overly expensive as most states allow for private adoptions also called direct placements or independent adoption. The birth parents will have to have their own lawyer. Your lawyers can help you through the process without the need for an agency. If you all live in MIssouri you will not have to go through the ICPC process which can add cost but your courts may require you to have a home...

  7. The father of my child is out of the picture and my husband who has raised her wants to adopt her, how do i go about doing that

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    1 lawyer answer

    In Maryland or D.C. this is referred to as a "step-parent adoption" but each state has very specific laws that govern the factors that are taken into consideration in any adoption. If the father of the child will consent, this would be uncontested but if he objects you'd have to litigate the case. However, you must check with a lawyer in your State to learn the laws of your state and what exactly needs to be done.

  8. My ex-wife is the real mom of the child, & she knows her real dad, but I adopted her how do I reverse the adoption?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    1 lawyer answer

    In Maryland, the biological dad would have to adopt the child back to relieve you of any further financial responsibility and the court would have to find it is in the child's best interest before it would grant the biological father's adoption. Also, the mother would have to consent to the adoption and if the child is 10 years old or older, the child would have to consent. The law in D.C. is similar except a child at age 14 has to consent. Each state has specific laws about this so check...

  9. What are his rights.and can he do anything after the adoption?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    1 lawyer answer

    I am an Maryland attorney so my answer is based on Maryland Law. You should speak with a Missouri attorney about this matter and find out what the laws in that State allow you to do. In Maryland, a child born during the marriage is presumed to be the child of the husband and wife. A person must show that it is in the child's best interests that paternity be established before the Court will allow a patenity test to determine the biological father to be someone other than the husband. In the...