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Michele has answered 18 questions

  • Step Father last name added to step child's birth cerrtificate or gaining some type of legal guardinship for step daughter?

    Asked by a user in Laurel, MD - almost 6 years ago.

    Hello - I am a MD attorney so can answer your question in accordance with MD law. There are several issues you have raised: 1) Can you change your daughter's last name to your husband's? 2) Can...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  • Guardianship and birth father's rights when the child doe not carry his last name

    Asked by a user in Laurel, MD - over 5 years ago.

    As a MD attorney, I am able to answer your question with respect to MD law. The birth father and birth mother have the same legal rights to custody and visitation, and the same responsibilities...

  • Terminating Biological Father's Rights (Oklahoma)

    Asked by a user in Cushing, OK - almost 6 years ago.

    The laws of Oklahoma will control your husband's petition for adoption. You disclose that your daughter's birth father has had not contact with her for three years and has not supported her...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  • Can I change my mind and have my baby back after giving up my parental rights?

    Asked by a user in Texas - almost 6 years ago.

    If a legal adoption of your child was finalized, you can't change your mind. There are certain circumstances, under specific state laws, where an adoption can be reversed for fraud, duress, or...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  • Michigan state adoption, child support and child custody laws

    Asked by a user in Michigan - almost 6 years ago.

    If his daughter was legally adopted by the child's maternal grandparents, your fiancee has no rights or responsibilities to the child. He cannot be sued for child support, just as he cannot sue for...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  • Single parent custody

    Asked by a user in Shawnee, KS - almost 6 years ago.

    You are asking about a step-parent adoption for your daughter. The laws of Kansas would apply to your husband's Petition for Adoption. Most likely, under Kansas law, given your daughter's age, she...

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  • Can the biological father prevent mother from adopting out the child under UT family laws

    Asked by a user in Salt Lake City, UT - almost 6 years ago.

    Birth parents have the same rights and responsibilities to their child. If you want custody of this child, and don't want the child adopted, you can refuse to consent to the adoption. However, you...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  • Mom wants what is best for daughter

    Asked by a user in Jackson, MN - almost 6 years ago.

    You are asking about a step-parent adoption where the birth father will not consent. A court will twaive the birth father's consent to in an adoption, which essentially terminate his parental rights...

    1 lawyer agreed with this answer

  • Step-parent adoption with bio not in picture for seven years

    Asked by a user in Michigan - almost 6 years ago.

    Yes, you can proceed with the step-parent adoption by your husband. Your son's birth father does not appear to have grasped his "opportunity interest" to create and maintain a relationship with your...

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  • Terminating rights to allow adoption

    Asked by a user in Thomasville, NC - almost 6 years ago.

    Your adoption would proceed under North Carolina law since your are North Carolina residents and your son lives with you. Several things are in play here. One, your son may have to formally consent...