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My husband and I will be married for a year in Sept. we are getting mixed advice. We have been told to wait till her birth dad is 12 months or more with no contact or financial care. We were also told to wait till we have been married a year or ju...
The stuff about "no rights" refers to custody. You have custody of her.
Certified copies of his convictions/guilty pleas should support termination of his rights as part of your husband's stepparent adoption petition.
That said, yes, judicial discretion about his record, and about her best interests, can change everything. There are several experienced adoption attorneys in the Atlanta area. That's what you need.See question
My daughter's dad wants to give up his rights so that my husband can adopt her. Is there a way I can do that without going through courts
Takes a judge's signed order, yes. Call Judy Sartain.See question
My daughter's father does have an open child support case in GA, however he does not consistently pay or ever pay the full amount. He's currently over $5,000 past due. He very sporadically asks to see her, usually it's every 6 months adopt or so ...
What he means is that the court order of child support amounts to a de facto legitimation. But either way, yes, you have to deal with his rights so that your current husband can adopt. Legally, the odds are in your favor, but it will still take some legal processing to get it done. And actually, that is more complicated than many attorneys realize.See question
The rescue paid me back for the first vet visit. There is approximately 900.00 more. I found the dog on Petfinder.com, a beautiful German shepherd. When my friend and I met the woman from the rescue, Helping German Shepherds of Every Color, in Ope...
AVVO has not hesitated to bark out the threat of penalties, so it may condemn me here, but I think the "Adoption" label here refers to adoption of children, not animals.See question
My daughter is 5. Her biological and I never married and have been apart since before she was 2. He has made one partial payment of $27 in court ordered child support in the past 15 months. He has seen her a handful of times in the past year, only...
If he agrees to the adoption, he'll get $0.00 child support without petitioning for it.
And in your daughter's mind, he'll never not be biological dad — no one can take that away.
The "grounds" for his termination really only matter if he will not consent.
It would be best to wait until after the wedding to file it.
But it sounds like what you want to do can be done. Hard to say exactly how it'll go, but it can be done.See question
My son's father hasn't seen on talked to him in about 6months.. I want to take his rights from him because he sees him for about 6 months then he is gone for 6 months or more
Those time frames are statutory "suggestions" that the judge can consider (when an adoption is pending), but the judge's discretion is the only standard. There's literally a case on the books where a bio father had been absent for 9 or 10 years, a stepparent adoption was filed, and when the bio father appeared to oppose that, the judge held that his showing up for that proved a lack of abandonment. So the answer to your question is, "There first has to be an adoption petition pending (unless he is actually violent, for example), and then the requisite time is totally up to the judge, with precedents ranging from 30 days, to 10 years."See question
I was with a woman that had a child without a father. She coordinated everything for signing the paperwork. Her idea initially was to do this to get more money. I decided against it after signing and I want my name off the birth certificate. How c...
So … a multi-millionaire connived to get a retiree on a fixed income on the hook for child support, and you posted a question about it under "Adoption," is that it? You don't say how long ago any of this happened, but unless it was pretty recent, your in-court challenge to your obligation will likely need DNA test results showing you are not the father.See question
My ex-boyfriend, biological father of my 13 and 14 y/o sons hasn't seen them in 10 years and him and I both want him to give up legal rights to them so my husband can legally adopt them. My ex is saying I have to start the legal process for this b...
Chris Ambrose is pretty near you, in Thomasville. He knows adoption law.See question
In 1985, I won second place in a poetry contest for the Marion County Public Library in Indianapolis. The poem was called "Two Different Kinds of Love". It was about adoption and I wrote it for a friend at the time. It turned up a year later in De...
Despite the subject matter, this is an intellectual property question rather than an adoption question. (I suspect that the passage of 30+ years without seeking copyright protection has waived any such right.)See question
My son doesn't have a father on his birth certificate. It's a jumbled mess. He was born inside of a marriage to his non-biological father. But conceived during a divorce to my ex husband when I was seeing someone during the process. My son is one ...
He has rights, but they are potential, not actual. (Term in the law is "opportunity interest," meaning he has the legally protected right to an opportunity to legitimate him.) Unless he poses a danger to the child, the law will not terminate his opportunity interest without another father petitioning to become his legal father (stepparent adoption) in his stead. Reason is that he is a potential source of child support and/or inheritance, and those possibilities, even if remote, will not be taken from your son unless another father is offering to become a better father.See question