We are Essies grandparents. We have had her since birth she is now 2 years old. We have legal guardianship of her through the Missouri courts. Dad is now out of prison. He is pushing to see her every weekend. He lives with his parents has a job making 10 dollars an hour. He has never in anyway supported her. He signed something from Child support enforcement saying he doesn't have to pay child support for 3 years. If he decides he wants her what will be required by the courts for him to get her back. We have had her for 2 years and want to adopt
Your first step is to speak with a family law attorney to review the specifics of your case. Adoption of a child, especially with a parent still living, is a very complex and difficult process and you will need someone with experience to help guide you through. Avvo's "Find a lawyer" feature is a great place to start. Best of luck to you and your family!
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If you have guardianship, and the father attempts to set aside the guardianship, he will have to convince the probate judge that it is in the best interests of the minor child to set aside the guardianship. Please immediately consult with an experienced family law/probate attorney who regularly practices in the county where the guardianship was granted to find out the likely outcome would be, in that court and before that judge, if the father should do so.
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