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  • How does my husband adopt my daughter if her father is deceased?

    My daughter's father passed away when she was 9 1/2 months old. I do have a copy of his death certificate. My husband is the only daddy she's ever known, so we just never really moved on it, but now that we're having a new baby my husband of 6 yea...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    In this situation it should be relatively easy to finalize the adoption but because the adoption of a child is so important, please consult with an adoption attorney to assist you. Best of luck to you.

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  • Adoption

    I want to adopt a child. With help of a attorney, how soon can it be possible?

    Lawrence’s Answer

    There are many factors that are involved in the adoption of a child including the age of the child, the ethnicity of the child etc. The adoption of a child is governed by Statute and it is HIGHLY recommended that you consult with an experienced adoption professional to learn the specifics of the process. Best of luck to you.

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  • Can i get my kids back since they have been adopted

    health and welfare took my kids illegally from me they had no case they terminated my rights and placed them up for adoption the people that adopted them are really good with my son that i know of but they abuse my daughter sexually and physically...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    You make some very serious allegations and I would suggest that before you post any additional information on this public forum to consult privately with an attorney ASAP. I agree with the prior answer that states that there is typically a very short period of time to appeal this type of decision but an experienced attorney is critical at this point in time. Best of luck to you.

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  • Adoption

    I am 6 months pregnant. Father was abusive during pregnancy and has not been involved. Now he is saying he wants full custody because I am looking into an adoption. What can I do to prevent this?

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Every State has different requirements regarding this situation. I would consult with an experienced Virginia attorney who handles this type of case. Keep in mind that the father currently says that he wants custody but with that decision comes financial responsibilities. One of the prior answers indicated that a lot can happen in three months and I concur. Best of luck to you.

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  • Adoption

    I gave my baby up for adoption in 1977 with Catholic charities, it was a closed adoption, someone contacted me saying she is my daughter, that her adopted parents had papers with my name on it. I contacted Catholic Charities and they said there wa...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    At this late date there is probably nothing that can be done. You are not certain that Catholic Charities was even responsible for the disclosure and proving it almost 40 years after the fact borders on the impossible. Your identity may have come from the hospital records or some other source.

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  • Can a person that has been convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor ever adopt a child in Indiana?

    My husband was convicted of sexual misconduct with a minor in 2003. He has completed probation & will no longer have to register as a sex offender after 6/16. He has character witnesses, including therapists he worked w/at his court ordered classe...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    I would definitely recommend the assistance of an experienced adoption attorney. Every State has different rules on this type of situation so it is important that you seek the advice of an experienced attorney in your area. Best of luck to you.

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  • Stepchild adoption

    I would like to adopt my step children they have both lived with me and my wife everyday for 8 plus years. They are 13&16 and their father is a transient and we can not locate him. All we know is he is in California. Do we need him to release his ...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    You will need to take the appropriate steps to terminate his rights. From your question it appears unlikely that you will be able to locate him but the Statutes in your State provide a mechanism to terminate his rights in this circumstance. This type of process is not for the beginner and I would certainly recommend that you consult with an attorney to assist you. Best of luck to you.

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  • Can I voluntarily terminate parental rights to unborn child?

    Hi, I am seeking to voluntarily terminate parental rights of my unborn child. I am married, sadly I had an affair the woman in which I was involved is currently 5 months pregnant, I am willing to pay child support but I do not want to have any oth...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    You will be obligated to pay child support for this child but beyond that you cannot be forced to have a relationship with the child. Best of luck to you.

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  • I was wondering an average cost of adult child adoptions in Indiana.

    I have 3 children, ages 24, 20, and 18. My husband has been their sole provider for over 15 years. This is something we have been wanting for quite a while, but circumstances have stood in the way. Their father has not been around in over 15 ye...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    It Is hard to give an estimate of the cost of this type of adoption but an adult adoption is relatively straightforward. You must notify (or at least attempt to notify the father) but his consent is not needed. I would consult with an adoption attorney in your area. Best of luck to you.

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  • Is it possible for a biological father to go to court and sign his rights over and agree to an open adoption to the step parent?

    My son is 7 years old and I have full custody. The father has not been a part of his life. He has resided with myself and husband since he was an infant. All he knows is my husband is daddy. The biological father has agreed to allow my husband to ...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Once a child is adopted it would sever any legal relationship with the father of this child. If he goes to court and adds the openness as a condition, the Judge may determine that he is not really consenting to the adoption. If he does go to Court and try this, an attorney would likely ask the Judge to impose a continuing obligation to support the child and determine a past due amount (I am assuming that he does not currently support the child because you say that he has not been a part of his life) so it is a dangerous path for the father to follow. He may stop the adoption but find himself on the short end of a very large child support obligation. It sounds like he has found the button to push that will make you the most worried. I would certainly consult with an attorney about this situation. Best of luck to you.

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