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Sherry Virginia Neal

Decatur Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. Can I contact my biological family from a closed adoption?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. L. Maxwell Taylor
    3 lawyer answers

    Georgia has several great resources for you. The most relevant is the Georgia Adoption Reunion Registry. You do not mention whether your adoption was finalized here in Georgia. If you were adopted in Georgia, the Registry can provide you with any non-identifying information available, which could contain the genetic/ancestral information that you are seeking, although it sounds like you may already have the non-identifying information that would be available. If that information is not...

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  2. Can I adopt my adult step-child in GA?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3. Birney O'Brian Bull
    4. George F. Mccranie IV
    4 lawyer answers

    Absolutely! Georgia permits adult adoption. Logistically, adult adoption is more simple than adoption of a minor because adult adoption requires the consent of the adoptive parent and the adoptee but not of the biological parent. If you would like to discuss the process in detail, I would be happy to chat with you. I regularly handle this type of case, and I offer free consultations to potential adoption clients. You can find a list of other experienced adoption attorneys on the...

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  3. My wife and I are interested in adopting a 17 year old female that we have known for about a year. What is the process?

    Answered almost 3 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3. Paula Brown Sinclair
    3 lawyer answers

    The process for an adoption in your case will depend, in part, on how old the young woman is when you file the adoption as well as on the specific circumstances in your case. If she is still 17, the process will include obtaining surrenders from her parents, if they remain willing to consent. Contrary to the information provided by the attorney who is not licensed in this state, it is not necessary to file a petition for termination of rights in such circumstances. If the parents change...

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  4. Which is best to do? A step parent adoption or last name change?

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    While I can't tell you which is best for your situation, I can tell you that the two are different. Here's a quick breakdown: If your goal is simply for your son to have the same last name as you and your husband, a name change is sufficient. There may be reasons for not terminating the rights of your child's biological father, and a name change would not result in termination of his rights. Name changes are something some people can do on their own, but it could be very helpful to have...

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  5. What documents or forms do I need to start an adult adoption in GA?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3. Glen Edward Ashman
    4. Stephanie Lackey Butler
    4 lawyer answers

    As my colleagues have noted there are no statutory forms for adult adoptions, so the clerk's office advised you correctly. While attorneys may develop there own forms to assist them in drafting petitions and orders in their various case, I think you will have a difficult time finding an attorney who will share the forms with you. Why? Preparing forms takes a lot of time and research, so the attorney is making an investment in the documents that he or she incorporates into the hourly rate or...

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  6. Child custody and step adoption?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Glen Edward Ashman
    3. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    4. Melissa Kathryn Orme
    5. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    6. ···
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    It is possible, under Georgia law, to obtain termination of a birth father's rights without his consent. The likelihood of such termination, however, depends on a variety of factors, like contact and payment of child support, that you really should discuss with an attorney. It's not possible to give you a sense of the likelihood of your adoption being granted without knowing far more detailed facts. I can say that termination of birth parent rights is something that must be handled in an...

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  7. Judge considers a MOTION TO VACATE ADOPTION and RESTORE BIOLOGICAL MOTHER'S RIGHTS

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Anthony M. Zezima
    3. Birney O'Brian Bull
    4. Glen Edward Ashman
    4 lawyer answers

    It is not possible to answer your question without reviewing the pleadings and knowing all the facts. I recommend that you contact an attorney experienced in adoption appeals. You can find a list of experienced adoption attorneys on the website for the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers. While there is no appeals category, I can tell you that Jim Outman and Jerry Hester regularly handle adoption appeals. Other GaCAL Fellows may also handle this type of case.

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  8. Is notice by publication to a biological father (not listed on birth certificate, address unknown) a proper route?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Birney O'Brian Bull
    2. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    3. Sherry Virginia Neal
    4. David A. Canale
    5. Glen Edward Ashman
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with the answers provided with regard to the need to consult with an attorney to make sure that this case is handled appropriately. Notice must be done properly with the correct language over the proper period of time and in all the correct publications (yes, that may be more than one. I will note, though, that a court order is not required for publication in an adoption matter.) In addition, just because the father's name is not on the birth certificate does not necessarily mean...

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  9. How do I adopt my lesbian partners child?

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Merlinus Goodman Monroe
    3. Glen Edward Ashman
    4. Anthony M. Zezima
    5. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    5 lawyer answers

    I recommend that you contact a lawyer through the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers. A number of the GaCAL Fellows, all of whom are experienced adoption attorneys, handle same-sex adoption and can give you advice about the best way to protect your rights. What you wish to do is not impossible, but the adoption process must be done exactly correctly to be effective. I handle this type of case but not in your area. I highly recommend Lori Surmay and Barbara Katz to you. You can find...

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  10. I am looking into the possibility of legally adopting my biologicial granddaughter.

    Answered about 2 years ago.

    1. Sherry Virginia Neal
    2. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    3. Glen Edward Ashman
    4. Ikemesit Amajak Eyo
    4 lawyer answers

    I highly recommend that you contact the Atlanta Legal Aid Society before talking with any private attorneys. ALAS has a program that assists relatives - mostly grandparents like you - with adopting the children in their care at no cost. If they cannot assist you, they are able to provide referrals to attorneys willing to handle adoptions on an affordable fee basis. The director of the Grandparent-Relative Caregiver Project is Lindsay Verity, and you can reach her at lcverity@atlantalegalaid....

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