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Michele A. Zavos

Silver Spring Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. How long is the waiting period for permanent adoption?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michele A. Zavos
    2. Birney O'Brian Bull
    2 lawyer answers

    The correct answer to this question depends on where your friend lives. Adoption law is a state by state creation. Generally, prospective adoptiove parents must have a prospective adoptee live with them for at least 6 months before a Court can grant an adoption. Again, generally, adoptive parents must have a home study completed before the adoption can be granted. That assumes the social worker completing the home study recommends the adoption. However, your friend's state may have...

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  2. Sisters right to adoption

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michele A. Zavos
    1 lawyer answer

    First, I am not your attorney, so I can only answer your question in a general way. To get a specific answer from an attorney in your state of Indiana, please go to the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys website to find someone experience in this area of the law. Your sister does have the right to make her own placement plan for her baby. It would be extremely difficult for you to interfere with that plan as a parent has the right to decide what is best for their child. However, if...

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  3. Problems with Probate

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Shawn C Newman
    2. Kenneth Edward Walton II
    3. Michele A. Zavos
    3 lawyer answers

    Normally when a married couple purchases real property together (your parent's house), they are both on the deed as tenants by the entireties, which is a way of holding real property that is specific to married couples. However, if your mother doesn't have a copy of the recorded deed, the first thing you should do is go to your county or city Recorder of Deeds and see if she is on the deed. If not, there are some facts missing here. If she is not an owner of the house (as evidenced by the...

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  4. Adoption by step parent

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michele A. Zavos
    1 lawyer answer

    As I don't practice in New Mexico, I can only give you a general answer regarding fees for a step parent adoption. First, if the non-custodial parent is agreeable, the cost will be significantly less than if he or she objected to the adoption. Although you may be able to do this yourself if your court has available forms, I recommend you have a lawyer take the non-custodial parent's consent. You don't want that person coming back and saying he or she didn't understand what they were doing....

  5. Can a single parent adopt?

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michele A. Zavos
    1 lawyer answer

    You have asked a very general question that is not state specific, so I can give you an answer. Single individuals are not prevented from adopting a child, although I am not familiar with the laws in every state. The real challenge is to work with a public or private agency that will be supportive of how you want to build your family. Don't reinvent the wheel. Be sure to talk to someone, usually an attorney, who can point you to a public or private agency that works with single individuals....

  6. Help, Steps to getting my husband adopting my daughter

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Jeena R. Belil
    2. Michele A. Zavos
    2 lawyer answers

    I do not practice in New Mexico, so I can only give you general information. It seems to me that you are asking two things: 1) Can your husband adopt your daughter, and 2) Can you change your daughter's last name. For the change of name, you probably can do that on your own. However, I would recommend that you do the step-parent adoption as your husband is really your daughter's father. During the course of the adoption you can change her last name. In order to have your husband adopt...

  7. Step-parent adoption

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michele A. Zavos
    1 lawyer answer

    As I don't practice in New Mexico, where I assume you will file the step-parent adoption, it is impossible for me to give you an actual figure. However, that being said, attorneys generally bill for this kind of work in two ways - either flat fee or by the hour. The most important thing here is that you go to an EXPERIENCED adoption attorney. Many attorneys will tell you they can represent you in this type of case as it does not sound like it will be contested. But, you need someone who...

  8. Third party custody

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michele A. Zavos
    2 lawyer answers

    As I am not your attorney, I can only give you general advice. If the mother is willing to consent to your adoption, you will have to then either obtain the consent of the birth father or have his consent waived. The law in this area differs from state to state, but in general, if a birth parent has not financially supported a child, and has not "grasped his opportunity interest" to create a relationship with that child, our Constitution will allow an adoption to go forward even over a birth...

  9. Third party custody

    Answered over 5 years ago.

    1. Michele A. Zavos
    2 lawyer answers

    As I am not your attorney, I can only give you general advice. If the mother is willing to consent to your adoption, you will have to then either obtain the consent of the birth father or have his consent waived. The law in this area differs from state to state, but in general, if a birth parent has not financially supported a child, and has not "grasped his opportunity interest" to create a relationship with that child, our Constitution will allow an adoption to go forward even over a birth...