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  • I was legally adopted by my stepfather about 35 years ago in an open adoption. How do I find my adoption papers?

    For personal reasons, I haven't had contact with my parents in 25 years and I have no desire to contact them now. Even if I did contact them, I have no confidence that they still have the papers. I am unsure of where the adoption was done and my o...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    I agree with the previous answers. Another possibility that you may try (this is probably a longshot) is to contact the Agency or attorney who handled the adoption. Best of luck to you.

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  • Do I need a lawyer for independent adoption ny

    i want to adopt a 15 yrs old boy, who have been living with me for a year. His parents agree to adoption. Not sure of the process since it's not about a baby or from an agency

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Firstly, you should consult with an adoption attorney to determine the most appropriate course of action and the steps that need to be taken by you. Because the child is a minor you can technically adopt the child but a Home Study may be required if you are not related to the child. In my opinion much more information is needed to give you a complete answer. Best of luck to you.

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  • Who gets custody of an adopted child

    A man and woman, not married, had a child together who is 3 years old. The man is in the process of a divorce, but still legally married. The father, almost 61, of the woman also lives in the home. He is terminally ill. He has been living wit...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    You have asked a question with multiple parts. To answer the first question, the Judge will not approve the adoption of a child if the person is terminally ill. This would be considered a relative adoption but the fact that he is terminally ill needs to be disclosed to the Court in my opinion. The grandfather of the child can leave something for the child through his estate. I would suggest that you contact an attorney and discuss this situation in private. Best of luck to you.

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  • I want to adopt my cousins baby, she is 2 1/2 months pregnant and I have a ton of questions. where do I start? What do I need?

    My cousin had 3 kids and gave them to family members because she can't provide for them. She just moved in and wants me and my husband to have her 4th baby. We were already considering adoption so its great news. So I ask her "You have done this b...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    The adoption of a child is too important to not obtain professional advice. I agree with Ms. Wang that you should contact an attorney NOW and not later to handle this situation. Best of luck to you.

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  • Adoption

    My daughter's father has been out of the picture for nearly 6 months. He never contacts me to check in on her, visits her or even asks to visit her. All he does is wire me $150/4 weeks (not a court order). Is this child abandonment? And if not, ar...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    There are several issues that you present with this scenario. Florida does not have any specific time limits on what will establish abandonment but I agree with Mr. Phillips that the payment of child support may be difficult to overcome. Although he does pay child support, he does not seem to be emotionally connected to the child. Will he consent to an adoption? If he is willing to consent then there is the matter of your husband's registered sex offender status and more to the point, how will a Judge view this status. I would definitely contact an attorney in your area to discuss this situation in private. Best of luck to you.

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  • If my son gets adopted by my husband and his father signs over his right those he still have to pay backed up childsupport

    My sons father is willing to sign over his rights and my husband is willing to adopt him, but my sons father owes me 8,000 in backed up Childsupport if he sings over his right will he still have to pay the backed up Childsupport?

    Lawrence’s Answer

    I agree with Mr. Jackson that an adoption will terminate any obligation to pay future child support but not past due child support. While you may be willing to waive any past due child support some Judges will not allow you to waive it. While you may not be able to waive it, you may also never see it and I am sure that you have probably already accepted that possibility. Best of luck to you.

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  • Do I need an attorney?

    My half brother molested my younger sister and I when we were children. Charges were filed but the prosecutors at the time reduced them to assault or battery or something similar, and I'm fairly sure a restraining order was put in place at that ti...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    I would talk to your employer about this situation to see what they can do in terms of restricting his access. Best of luck to you.

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  • Just wondering if I have a case against my ex wife of the adoption of my daughter.

    2 years ago I signed the rights to my daughter over to my ex wife and her new husband which one did you adopt my daughter I did so only on the circumstances that my child support would stop and that all ten thousand dollars in back child support w...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Typically any past due child support obligation is not waived. The effect of the adoption is to stop any future child support obligation.

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  • If my rights were terminated and my son was adopted can I still Skype or get picture of him?

    My son was adopted last year I wanted to know if my rights were terminated can I still Skype or get pictures of him?

    Lawrence’s Answer

    Once your rights were terminated, you lost any rights to demand information about the child. I would suggest that you contact the agency or attorney who handled the adoption to ask if the adoptive couple would be willing to share some information with you. You are really at the mercy of the adoptive couple at this point in time. Best of luck to you.

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  • Man signed the birth certificate 9 years ago. Now we both agree he's not the father now what?

    He willingly signed the birth certificate 9years ago. We had an at home DNA test show he's not the father. I don't know the other man that could be the fathers legal name. Now the one on the birth certificate is taking me to court to terminate his...

    Lawrence’s Answer

    I can only speak to Florida but I suspect that this is also true in North Carolina. An over the counter DNA test is not enough to prove or disprove paternity. The test needs to be one that is sanctioned by the Court and the cost for this type of test is around $300. The other issue is the identity of the real father. After nine years a Judge will not be willing just to terminate the rights of a man unless there is someone else who may be willing to acknowledge that he is the father (read: child support). I am assuming that this man has been ordered to pay and possibly paid some child support throughout the years. You need the advice of an experienced local attorney to guide you through this process. A local attorney will know the tendencies of the Judges in the area and how each of the Judges would react to the situation. Best of luck to you.

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