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Michele Gentry Hinz

Auburn Adoption Lawyer.

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  1. Procedure for step parent adoption in WA state

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Birney O'Brian Bull
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    Here is the basic procedure for stepparent adoption in Washington. Just to keep this answer easy to read, I am going to assume that the child is a boy. The stepfather files a petition to adopt the stepson. The mother will need to join in the petition with the stepfather and if the child is over 14 years old, he will need to consent to being adopted by his stepfather. The rights of the biological father need to be dealt with. The fact that he is willing to consent is good news and should...

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  2. Biological father has never paid child support or seen child in over a year, under WA law has he officially an abandoned parent

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Yale Lewis III
    3. Birney O'Brian Bull
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    It is possible that you could resolve this in a pretty straightforward, low-conflict way. If your daughter's biological father will consent to having your husband adopt her, a stepparent adoption in Washington can be pretty simple. In Washington, we have a law that might help you get the biological father to consent to the adoption. This law provides for enforceable Open Adoption Agreements. If you and he can agree on some level of communication and contact (letters, photos, an...

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  3. I want to Adopt my Step Daughter. How do i do it?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Dave Hawkins
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    I commend you for your responsibility and your concern for your fiancee’s child. Here is a brief overview of how Washington law applies to a situation like yours: It may be surprising, but even though the biological father is not listed on the child’s birth certificate, the law does require that you deal with his rights. Typically the simplest and least expensive way to do this is to get his consent, on a consent form that meets the requirements of the law. An adoption lawyer can...

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  4. How do I adopt my 3 stepchildren without consent in wa?

    Answered over 2 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Dave Hawkins
    3. Frances Turean
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    As you know, you need to deal with the rights of your stepchildren’s biological mother. Although it sounds like you are pretty confident she will not consent, it may still be worthwhile to have an adoption attorney contact her about the subject. Sometimes the discussion with the attorney goes better than it would with the father or stepmother, perhaps because of relationship issues between the parties. If it is not possible to contact the biological mother, or to get her consent, there...

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  5. I have two adult step children I would like to formally adopt. I can't seem to find the petition form(s) neccessary.

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Robert Daniel Kelly
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    Adult adoption in Washington is a pretty straightforward process. A social worker’s report is not required and it is not necessary to notify or get consent from the birth father. It IS necessary for the mother to join with your petition to avoid having the adoption inadvertently terminate her parental rights as well as the birth father’s. In some counties you can get a forms packet from the Superior Court Clerk, although I don't see that there are any listed on the Kitsap County Superior...

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  6. What is the procedure for adopting step child if biological mother is willing to sign over her rights

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Melissa Marie Denton
    3. Frank A Selden
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    There are several steps, but it is a common process - known as step-parent adoption. It certainly can be done. No need to be stressed out. You will file a petition to adopt your stepson. Your husband will need to join in the petition and if your stepson is over 14 years old, he will need to consent to being adopted by you. As you know, you need to deal with the rights of the biological mother. The fact that she is willing to consent is good news for you and should help simplify the...

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  7. Adult Step Parent Adoption - Thurston County, WA

    Answered about 3 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Bruce Clement
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    I find that Pierce County is very helpful. They have forms in their law library at the courthouse. You don't need to file in your home county, so you might want to consider filing in Pierce. Essentially though, in any county, your husband files a Petition for Adoption (along with a $250 filing fee - payable to the Clerk of Court). It is important for you sign the Petition as well, joining in it, so that the adoption does not inadvertently terminate your parent-child relationship with...

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  8. ADOPTION OF 18 YEAR OLD STEPSON IN THE STATE OF WASHINGTON

    Answered almost 6 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Birney O'Brian Bull
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    Mr. Bull is correct. The woman at the courthouse is wrong. In Washington, parental consent to adoption is only required if the child is under the age of 18. Your stepson's consent will be required, and it will be important to have his mother join with you in your petition to adopt (so that you do not inadvertently terminate her parent-child relationship with her son), but it is a straightforward procedure. Mr. Bull is also right on the money to refer you to the American Academy of Adoption...

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  9. Grandson being put out for adoption, can grandparents adopt under WA state adoption laws

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
    2. Birney O'Brian Bull
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    It is difficult to answer this question without more information. If the child's parents are making an adoption plan for the child, it is a voluntary process and they can choose any prospective adoptive parent(s) who have an approved home study. If they want to choose the grandparents and the grandparents have an approved homestudy, that could happen. In that situation it would be good for the grandparents to speak with the child's parents and let them know that the grandparents would...

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  10. Procedure for grandparent to adopt grandchild in WA state, does WA have a parent registry

    Answered about 6 years ago.

    1. Michele Gentry Hinz
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    In order to adopt your grandchild you will need the consent of at least one of the child's parents. If you do not have the consent of the other parent, you will need to file a petition to terminate the rights of the other parent based on failure to perform parental duties. Notice of the hearing on that petition will need to be served on the non-consenting parent - either in person if that person can be found, or by publication if the court is convinced that they cannot be found. If the...

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