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Meldie Marie Moore

Laguna Beach Education Law Attorney.

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  1. Step parent adoption: Who conducts court investigation?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Jay Carl Stoegbauer
    2. Meldie Marie Moore
    3. Lusine M Vardanova
    4. Karen Ilene Rose
    5. Martin Arthur Kahan
    5 lawyer answers

    Who does the step parent adoption investigation depends on the county where the adoption is filed. For example, in Orange County it is Probate Court Investigation. In Riverside, it is the probation department. You do not hire the investigator, it is done through the court. I agree that using, or at least consulting with an attorney is the wisest course of action.

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  2. Steps to adopt my wife's child in L.A.? Bio Dad will sign off. How involved is this? What steps? Expenses, which court? etc.?

    Answered about 2 months ago.

    1. Alexandra Rachel Lavinsky
    2. Karen Ilene Rose
    3. Meldie Marie Moore
    3 lawyer answers

    The cost of a step parent adoption are significantly less than other adoptions, and court fees (filing and investigation fees) should be less than $800.00. If the bio father is willing to sign the necessary paperwork, you may not need a lawyer. Although I advise you at least consult with a lawyer to make sure everything is done correctly. Your daughter will need to know about the adoption. She will have to appear at the adoption finalization hearing and if she is over 12, she needs to consent....

  3. How hard is a step parent adoption to do on ones own? what are the criteria for abandonment in ca?

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Annette L Goudy
    2. James Louis Miller
    3. Meldie Marie Moore
    4. Meghan S Bishop
    4 lawyer answers

    If the biological father is willing to voluntarily sign a consent terminating his rights and agreeing to the step-parent adoption, the process is relatively straightforward. However, there are specific procedures and requirements even in the simple cases, so an attorney experienced in adoptions is advisable. If the biological father will contest the adoption, it would definitely be wise to hire an adoption attorney to help you. To prove abandonment in California, the court considers both...