Jennifer S Fairfax’s Answers

Jennifer S Fairfax

Silver Spring Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. International adoption and 221(g)

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Laura Callava
    2. Lisa Marie Vari
    3. Paul Joseph Consbruck
    4. Jennifer S Fairfax
    4 lawyer answers

    This type of situation requires both an adoption and immigration attorney. Sometimes an attorney focuses in both areas. There is the AILA organization that lists immigration attorneys and AAAA that has adoption attorneys. Look for one that is in both organizations.

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

    Answered over 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....

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

    Answered over 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...

  4. Can i teminate a adoption?

    Answered over 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...

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

    Answered over 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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  6. Can a birth mother revoke adoption?

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Alan James Brinkmeier
    2. Daniel James Reed
    3. Josie Redwine
    4. Jennifer S Fairfax
    4 lawyer answers

    Almost all states have a 1 year statute of repose - that means the birth parents cannot challenge the adoption after that time period. Usually prior to that statute of limitations they can only challenge based on fraud, duress or undue influence. Adoption laws are state specific so it will depend on what your state allows. Go to www.adoptionattorneys.org to find an adoption attorney near you.

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  7. Termination of parental rights, visitation and custody question (See Details)

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Athina Karamanlis Powers
    2. Jay Carl Stoegbauer
    3. Laurie Peters
    4. Jennifer S Fairfax
    4 lawyer answers

    If your ex is attempting to terminate your parental rights, you should either hire an attorney or have one appointed for you by the court.

  8. Step parent adoption

    Answered 5 months ago.

    1. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. Birney O'Brian Bull
    4. Josie Redwine
    5. Jennifer S Fairfax
    5 lawyer answers

    Many attorneys believe step-parent adoptions are not difficult but that is not true. A step-parent adoption must be completed in strict compliance with the letter of the law of your state. This may mean you have to sign a statement regarding conception and why you do not know the father or identify the person you believe him to be (in some states). If he is not able to be found the court would likely require some kind of notification through a newspaper publication. If your state has a...

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

    Answered over 5 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,...

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

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Jennifer S Fairfax
    1 lawyer answer

    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...

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