I am originally from Hawaii and So my Sister is going through some tough times very tough. She is now about 5 months pregnant back home in a hawaii. When I received the call I cried so hard. I’ve had multiple miscarriages over the course of 9 years, my first marriage ended due to not being able to have a family and now at 32 Hearing this made me happy but sad. She said she needs to give her all to her other 3 children as a single parent. Not sure if she knows who the father is. My family knows how I have been trying to have my own family but unable to due to Health issues. How will this work? It’s seems easy but I know it could be hard. Do I fly down there sign my name and take baby home to Michigan with me? someone please give advice. I want to make sure this baby gets the love it needs and be able to go through this process without getting my hopes up. I have a job and too big of a home for only 2 and a small dog. I grew up in a big house hold and am lonely and raised to be a wife and a mother. To always nurture.
This is a tough question for a Michigan attorney to answer. The laws of the state where the baby resides would be the ones governing the possession of your niece/nephew, and it is doubtful any Michigan lawyer who reads your question would also be licensed to practice law in Hawaii and therefore competent to give you a professional answer.
If your sister was a Michigan resident, the law would require not only her, but the father, to sign away parental rights before you could legally adopt the child. With the identity of the father supposedly unknown, that might cause a snag to any legal adoption.
You need to seek the advice of an attorney in Hawaii, as laws can vary significantly from one state to another. Once you have been named as the person entitled to legal possession of the child by an Hawaiian court, whether via formal adoption, or some sort of temporary or permanent guardianship, it should be much less of a problem to bring the child to Michigan to live with you.
But, first things first. Try and speak to an attorney in Hawaii about this.
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