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Jessica Lynne Gordon

Marietta Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. My ex husband wishes to sign over his rights and allow my current husband to adopt my child. Where do I begin?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Lawrence John Gibney Jr.
    2. Andrew D. Brockway
    3. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3 lawyer answers

    Your first step should be to find an attorney who specializes in Adoption in your state. Consider finding an attorney through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys - www.adoptionattorneys.org. Your attorney will be able to prepare the surrender documents and walk you through all the requirements under your state statute. Since the biological father is willing to sign over his rights, the step-parent adoption should go pretty smoothly because you will not need to prove to the court that...

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  2. My boyfriend wants to adopt my 10 year old daughter.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    4. Maria O. Keller
    4 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues’ answers that if you want to retain your rights to your daughter, under Georgia law, you will usually need to wait until after your marriage for your husband to file for a step-parent adoption. I also agree that adoptions are very delicate cases. You want to make sure that the adoption is done properly. For the protection of your daughter, you should seek the assistance of an adoption attorney to help you through the process. Because the biological father is...

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  3. Legal guardian of a four year old. Would like to adopt her. Will it be expensive and a challenge since I am single?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    3 lawyer answers

    Adoptions are very delicate cases. You want to make sure that the adoption is done properly. For the protection of this child, you should seek the assistance of an adoption attorney. I agree with my colleague that you need to address the biological father’s rights to the child. First you have to determine where the biological father stands with respect to his rights under Georgia adoption law. He may be a biological father or a legal father. There are different criteria depending on his...

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  4. Adoption attorney fees questions????

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Robert M. Gardner Jr.
    2. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3. Jonathan Victor Dunn
    4. Glen Edward Ashman
    5. William Robert Pike
    5 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleague that there is really no known average price for what you are asking and that more information about your case is needed before it can be determined exactly what needs to be done to complete the step-parent adoption. Under Georgia law, you would usually need to have the legal father sign a surrender and an acknowledgement of surrender of rights in front of a notary. You would also need an attorney to explain the rights to the legal father and sign an affidavit of...

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  5. Can I adopt an adult who was previously adopted and abused? He is my cousin's son.

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    2. Tricia Dwyer
    3. Matthew Thomas Majeski
    3 lawyer answers

    I am so sorry to hear about the trauma your cousin suffered as an adopted child. Adoption should have allowed him a safe and permanent home, which it sounds like was the opposite of what he received. It is perfectly natural to want to seek to legalize an emotional attachment to an family member in your life who you wish to support and to whom you want to play the role of parent, regardless if he is already over the age of 18. Therefore, an adult adoption does seem like a good legal solution....

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  6. Do I need to terminate the rights of my son's un-involved biological dad in Georgia?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Glen Edward Ashman
    2. Jacquelyn F. Luther
    3. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3 lawyer answers

    I agree with my colleagues’ answers that if you want to retain your rights to your son, under Georgia law, you will need to wait until after your marriage for your future husband to file for a step-parent adoption. I also agree that adoptions are very delicate cases. You want to make sure that the adoption is done properly. For the protection of your son, you should seek the assistance of an adoption attorney to help you through the process. Because you were not married to the biological...

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  7. My wife wants to change my stepdaughters last name to mine. What process do I have to go through for this?

    Answered 10 months ago.

    1. Sara R. Howard
    2. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3. Laura Diane Horner
    3 lawyer answers

    Changing her last name in and of itself will not afford you any additional rights. It sounds like what you are really asking about is a step-parent adoption. Your first step should be to find an attorney who specializes in Adoption in your state. Consider finding an attorney through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys - www.adoptionattorneys.org. Is your step-daughter a US citizen? If so, when a U.S. citizen adopts a U.S. citizen child living in the United States, this is a domestic...

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  8. Can a illegal woman get child support for his child born in the USA? Father is American citizen.

    Answered 12 months ago.

    1. William Charles Rosenfelt
    2. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora
    3. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3 lawyer answers

    The right to receive child support belongs to the child, not the parent. Therefore, if the child is a U.S. citizen, there should not even be a question about the status of the mother. Furthermore, child support is not dependent on the immigration status of the parents. Parents of children under the age of 21 often are required to pay child support for any child not living with them, regardless of their immigration status and the immigration status of the custodial parent. This is a...

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  9. Hello, my wife and I have adopted a child in Egypt. The papers are finished and finalized. What are the steps to take ?

    Answered about 1 year ago.

    1. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    2. Rebecca Mccormick Pepin
    2 lawyer answers

    Congratulations on your adoption. This is a very complicated field. When you are doing an international adoption you are dealing with three separate sets of laws: the immigration laws of the U.S., the adoption laws from the sending country and the adoption laws from your state if you want to domesticate your adoption. I highly recommend you contact an attorney with both immigration and adoption experience before you go any further in this process. My office specializes in this and would be...

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  10. My husband wants to adopt my son.what do we do.

    Answered almost 2 years ago.

    1. Christopher W. Vaughn-Martel
    2. Jessica Lynne Gordon
    3. Robert Winford Carpenter
    3 lawyer answers

    Your first step should be to find an attorney who specializes in Adoption in your state. Consider finding an attorney through the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys - www.adoptionattorneys.org. Your attorney will be able to walk you through all the requirements under your state statute for terminating the birth father’s rights and completing a step-parent adoption. Since the biological father has not provided emotionally or financially for your son, most states allow for terminating a...

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