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Jennifer Renee Cochran

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  • Terminate parental rights

    My kids biological father wants to give up his rights so he won't have to pay child support,,can he actually get away with his obligation of paying child support??

    Jennifer’s Answer

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    He can try but it is likely that he will not be successful unless you agree. Even then, the court may terminate his rights (possession and access to the child) but may not terminate his obligation to pay child support unless your husband is wanting to adopt. In that instance, the court is more likely to sever all ties.

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  • Once my granddaughter (through cps, tx)relative adopt., how do I maintain my rights to see her or fight for her?

    DFPS Tx took custody, then placed the child w/other grandmither, now she says when I can see her after I raised her for 16 mo. She was living in my home parents were using drugs, I want my granddaughter with me & spleasee is allowing her daughter ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    If you are really interested in adopting her or getting court-ordered possession and access then you should intervene in the CPS suit. Contact a local attorney who can outline the process for you. Even if you cannot afford an attorney, you can still file the paperwork and be included in the discussions with CPS on the child's future and also be considered for placement.

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  • Is two parent adoption legal in Texas?

    Would it be legal for me and my partner to have a two parent adoption in Texas?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Your question doesn't provide much facts but parents of the same gender may adopt a child together in Texas. You can also adopt each other's biological child in sperm donor situations or other situations where the biological father's rights have been or will be terminated.

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  • How do I terminate my child father right for my husband to adopted her without a lawyer?

    her father has not see her for a year and an half and we live in the same city.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You really do need an attorney. Many offer free consultations and perhaps even reduced rates for adoptions. Terminations of rights and adoptions are very complicated and the paperwork must be right, and procedures followed to the letter or you run the risk of the adoption not going through or being set aside later which will drive up your costs significantly. Good luck!

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  • Birth Certificate question

    I was adopted when I was 18 years old. And was given a new birth certificate with new parents' names on it. I'm wondering if I can change it back to my birth parents' names?

    Jennifer’s Answer

    No. You have to be adopted by your birth parents. If you just want to change your name, then you can file a petition requesting a name change which is a fairly simple process that you can do on your own or through an attorney.

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  • Would a step parent adoption be easier if bio parent voluntarily signs over rights?

    Half are his, half are mine and we have full custody of all but we want all to be legitimately ours.

    Jennifer’s Answer

    If you both want to be legal parents of both sets of children, then the easiest way is always going to be situations where the other parent is wiling to relinquish their rights. An attorney can prepare the appropriate affidavit for the other parent to sign in front of a notary and two witnesses. If however, the other parent is uncooperative or unwilling but has a criminal history or has not supported the children at all in a year, then there are other grounds to move forward with. You should contact an attorney who has experience in termination of rights and adoption.

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  • Does my ex husband has a right to put my son in a different school if he's not the primary parent of the our child

    my ex has visitation and my son has been going to the same school for 2 years now, my ex wants to put our son at the school where he lives which is in mesquite but my son resides with me and goes to school in dallas, does he has a right to change ...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    Refer to the language in your divorce decree that outlines the parental rights for education decisions and also for the primary residence. If you have the right to designate the child's residence, then you make the decision on where your son goes to school. I recommend providing the school with a copy of the order with the language highlighted so that if your ex attempts to withdraw him and enroll him in the other school, the school will not allow him to do so.

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  • How can I have my daughters fathers rights terminated so my husband can adopt her?

    My babys father has never been apart of her life and has only seen her a handful of times when she wasabout 2mnths old she is now 3yrs old he was arrested when I was 6mnths pregnant for aggravated kidkanpping bcuz he wouldnt let me out of his vehi...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You can file a petition to terminate his rights based on a number of grounds due to his incarceration and criminal history and possibly failure to support the child. You will need an attorney to help you with the termination and the adoption.

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  • What is the process for Adoption in Texas?

    My fiance has been taking care of my kids for 3 years now and he wants to adopt them. Their real father has never seen them, lives out of state, there is a court order Child-support that he don't pay, and he is not listed on the Birth Certificates...

    Jennifer’s Answer

    You can petition the Court to terminate his parental rights based on his failure to support the children for at least one year. There may also be other grounds to do so. You will need to hire an attorney to help you with this. The easiest way for your fiancee to adopt the children is as your husband however he will not be precluded from adopting them so long as the biological father's rights are terminated and you consent to the adoption. Again, this process is complicated so consult a family attorney in your county.

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  • Is a "Prove-Up" different for an Termination/Adoption hearing than it is for a Divorce hearing?

    I was wondering if a prove-up for a termination/adoption hearing is any different than a prove-up for a divorce hearing? I am just curious if it basically follows the same type of outline or not? I know it would contain different information, but ...

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    It's the same procedure in that you need to "prove up" your petition for termination and adoption that means testifying that you have satisfied all the elements necessary for the relief you're requesting. A good practice is to just use the petition as a "guide" and testify accordingly. Of course terminations/adoptions are lot more fact specific than divorces and have more statutory requirements.

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