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  • How do I have a step-parent adoption done when I was a child reversed now that I am an adult?

    I was legally adopted as a child by my mother's husband. Marriage lasted less than 5 years and I have absolutely no relationship with this man (he was a pedophile). I want my adoption reversed and my true biological father to be listed on my bir...

    Mark’s Answer

    I would suggest you consider an adult adoption. Your biological father would adopt you and a new birth certificate would be issued with whatever name you choose. No notice would be given to your adoptive father. The initial adoption however would not be reversed

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  • I'm 17 turning 18. I was adopted by my stepfather. Can I change my name when I turn 18?

    My stepfather adopted me when I was 8. I will be 18 in 2 months. I don't want his name and I want him out of my life. He constantly calls me really bad names. He physically abused me. I reconnected with my real father. Can he adopt me when I...

    Mark’s Answer

    Yes your birth father may adopt you when you turn 18. It is considered an adult adoption. You can change your name and it is not necessary To give your step father notice. This answer assumes your step father adopted you. His rights will not be terminated

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  • How can my fiancé adopt my daughter?

    Can My fiancé adopt my daughter even though her biological dad is not on the birth certificate? But there is a parenting plan involved. My daughter is 3 years old and already have a 1 year old with my fiancé and me and my fiancé have 3 1/2 years t...

    Mark’s Answer

    The biological father would have to consent to the adoption. If he refuses to do so, you would have to file a petition to terminate his parental rights. If the biological father is exercising visits under the parenting plan it is unlikely that a court would deem him unfit to parent and terminate his rights. Your fiancée would need an approved home study.

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  • Terminating parental rights, both parents agree, family member wants to adopt... how do we do this? How much $$?

    Hello, the father is incarcerated (but agrees) and I will be going away to college and unable to bring my boys with me. I have 3 children, my mom wants to adopt them and they will live with her even when I graduate. How do I get started? Any sugge...

    Mark’s Answer

    You may proceed with a second parent adoption. Your mother will need to obtain a home study and the father will need to sign a consent. I would suggest that you call attorneys for pricing g.

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  • My boyfriend and I have had custody of his 2 daughters for almost 2 years, can I adopt them? What steps need to be taken?

    My kids Biological mom is a drug addict. We got custody of them almost 2 years ago. I am Mom to them. They are my kids. When we first took them from her we had to get them safe so they did a legal separation (they are still currently married) and ...

    Mark’s Answer

    There are two ways to terminate parental rights. She may voluntarily relinquish her rights by signing a consent. She must sign a form that has all the necessary language. She cannot simply sign a statement
    If she decides not to consent you will have to personally serve her with a petition to terminate her rights and schedule a court hearing. If she fails to respond in any manner and fails to appear at the court hearing she would be in default and her rights terminated
    I would suggest you contact an attorney to discuss the best way to approach the birth mother to obtain a consent and discuss the process if she refuses to do so

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  • Can my daughter sign over her rights to me of an unborn child?

    My daughter is pregnant and wants me to adopt the child. How do we get the proper procedure done before the baby is born?

    Mark’s Answer

    To adopt you will need to obtain a home study from a licensed agency or a private provider that has been approved by the court. Your daughter may sign a consent to adoption prior to the baby' birth. The consent is confirmed 48 hours after birth and an order terminating her rights is entered pending a final adoption hearing. You will need a post placement report prior to the final adoption hearing.

    You wi also need to give notice to the birth father and either have him sign a consent or serve him with a petition to terminate. If the birth father is unknown or you are unable to locate him you may ask the courts permission to give the birth father notic by notice in a newspaper. I would suggest you contact an attorney at your earliest convenience

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  • Child Abandonment, how do I file?

    My Daughter is now 2, her biodad has never been in the picture. He denies that I had our daughter, and has refused to see her. He told me shortly after she was born that he wants nothing to do with her. My fiance plans on adopting her once we are ...

    Mark’s Answer

    In Washington state rights are not automatically terminated when a birth parent "abandons" a child. And you do not need to be married for your fiancee to proceed with an adoption. The birth father may sign a consent to adoption that will result in a termination of parental rights. Or you could serve the birth father with a petition to terminate. He would have the right to respond. If he responds and contests the petition, you would have to go to trial. I would suggest you speak with an attorney to discuss the process and costs involved.

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  • I recently moved from CA, where I hold conservatorship of our adult son with autism. How do I file for guardianship in WA?

    I need help filing the appropriate forms and would like to have requirement's for GAD and GAP education waived.

    Mark’s Answer

    Guardianship is county specific meaning you need to file in the county that you reside in once you move to Washington. Contact a guardianship attorney in that county. Once you establish guardianship I Washington. You can dismiss the conservatorship in California. I practice I eastern Washington. I am happy to assist or refer you to another guardianship attorney

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  • What is the process for adopting an adult in Idaho state? How much does it cost, the time it takes etc?

    My husband of 17 years is the only father my now grown boys have ever known. Additionally, the boys birth father died 8 years ago? Do we need to notify the birth family who are absent from their lives even though birth father is dead? How long is ...

    Mark’s Answer

    An adult adoption is a simple process. Birth parent rights are not terminated. There is no need to give notice to the paternal relatives. You do not need a home study. You simply need to file a petition. The filing fee Is $88. A new birth certificate is issued at a cost of $26.00. You will also want to get certified copies of the decree of adoption. You do not need an attorney but it would be advisable. There are forms that must be drafted. And a hearing needs to be scheduled before an assigned judge. An attorney would charge a fee to prepare the documents and facilitate the adoption. Those fees will vary but will probably be in the $750 to $1500 range

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  • My daughter is 11 I have been with my husband for 7 years we live in Washington can he adopt her

    My daughter has never met or talked to her biological father.he lives in Texas and He has never paid child support and is in poor health. He is dying from a disease and incoherent. My husband is the only father she knows and he would like to adopt...

    Mark’s Answer

    Absolutely. It will be necessary for the birth father to sign a consent and voluntarily relinquish parental rights. If he refuses you will have to personally serve him with a petition to terminate rights. If you are unable to find him you may ask the court for permission to publish notice to him in a newspaper. Your husband will need a post placement report. Once you have terminated rights and have a report you may finalize.

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