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custody/adoption /california

A: Felica: DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A LAWYER or ATTORNEY. I am someone who has experience with family law issues, and am sharing my OPINION only. For the exact law as it pertains to your specific case contact a Professional Attorney in your area/county. Most courts what Both MOM and DAD in picture.  Unless you kept some type of detailed log of when Dad was gone both prior and after he was notified your chances are slim, but possible. I would recommend "time" be your friend: Keep a detailed log book of events: Date/time/event/description. Say if DAD misses an appointment to pick child up, etc. then log it in your book. Do this for several months then take this log book along with your declaration similar to what you have stated above with the exception...


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Abandonment and adoption

A: Hi Mikki, you will need to go to court to do both but being as it will be a step parent adoption you can have the biological father"s rights terminated and complete the adoption in one action. Generally, a biological parent is required to consent to an adoption but that consent, if withheld, may be waived by the court where abandonment is shown and from what you have stated you should be able to prove abandonment on the part of the biological father. I hope this information was helpful to you, if it was, please do me the courtesy of rating it. Please be aware and advised that this public forum is designed to provide only general information, to give you a basis of legal knowledge. This public forum does not give...


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Adopting a big family?

A: Well I like to think if you have the love the rest will fall into place!!!  Now reality!  LOL!!   Most kiddies take a huge amount of work but it is so worth it to have that family!   Just make sure you look into every aspect!  And I would suggest to any one  that you have things done in your own life that you want to do and have a solid way to support even one child.  But if you have the desire, I think it great!  Blueraven has given you some excellent advice think about before taking on such a giant step. I noticed that you are only eighteen years old, while it is admirable that you want to adopt 8 children I feel this would be to much for one so young to take on. If in a few more years...


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kristyinidgo - child support

A: The problem with the system is that they don''t give an option (even if its by mutual agreement) for the receiver of the payment to decline the CSA payments. I was told by Centrelink that if my daughters father didn''t pay child support i would get minimum Family Tax Benefit. He was sitting next to me (the father, we still get on really well). So they force you, you''re not given a choice. I am the full time carer of our daughter ( who''s autistic), he''s in Melbourne on Base (Army) and we''re in NSW so he doesn''t get to see her often. But when he''s home he knows he''s got unlimited access to his daughter. I''m on the single parenting payment and the child Support goes towards anything Phebea needs, clothing, shoes etc and what''s left...


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adopting from bipolar birth mother

A: "1st degree biological relatives of individuals with bipolar I have elevated rates of type I 4-24%, type II 1%-5%, and major depressive disorder 4-24%.  Individuals with mood disorders in their first degree biological relatives are more likely to have earlier age at onset.  Twin and adoption studies provide strong evidence of a genetic influence for bipolar disorder I." DSM IV-TR page 386, mood disorders "Some studies have indicated that 1st degree biological relatives of individuals with bipolar II disorder have elevated rates of Bipolar I, Bipolar II, & major depressive disorder compared with the general population." DSM IV-TR page 395, mood disorders The information above is taken directly from the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental...


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adoption

A: Hi Elaine, I"m glad you are not asking for legal advice. In you situation specifically, I suggest that you not provide any reason for child Protective Services to take your child away from you; and, the only way they would do that is if your child is in danger because of your care or lack-of-care. Knowing very little about you, i can"t pinpoint any problems that might cause CPS to take away your child, except, the problem with his weight gain or lack of weight gain.  I understand that some children are just genetically small and do not put on weight no matter how much they try; but, the lack of weight gain with your son could cause CPS to take a long...


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Abandonment and adoption

A: You will file the adoption and specifically allege within that Petition the biological father"s abandonment of the child as a reason for the court to waive the biological father"s required consent to the adoption if he fails to provide the same. The petition may be filed in the city where you now reside.  ...


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adoption when biological fathe...

A: My husband and I are going through this as well. I have a 6year old son to a previous relationship and we have no contact with the biological father. From what we''ve been able to glean you need to be legally married for 2 years before you can adopt, however in the meantime, your partner just needs to state in her will that if anything happens to her her child is to stay with you as the primary carer otherwise the child will automatically go to her parents as the next of kin. As for the adoption process, from what we''ve found out it should be a fairly straightforward and simple matter as the biological father is not on the birth certificate and so you therefore don''t need his permission. Just double check all this...


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Florida abandonment / stepparent adoption

A: Hi Nicole, yes you can have the court waive the biological fathers consent to the step parent adoption due to abandonment but first you will be required to serve the biological father with the Notice of adoption and provide him with an opportunity to object to the adoption and be heard upon his objection. You may also be able to serve the biological father by way of substitute service (publication in a newspaper) but you must show a due diligence search for the biological father"s current address which means tracing each and every address known and become known through the search process. That search process can be very daunting and very time consuming, however, it is not something to be taken lightly because if it...


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How do I approach having a second child when my sister can''t have children?

A: I think you should go ahead with your plans to try. My husband and I had been trying for almost three years when my sister found out that she was pregnant with her third and unexpected child. I don''t know your sister but I do know that even though i couldn''t get pregnant it hurt more to think that people thought i was so self centered that i wouldn''t be happy for anyone else who became pregnant. Keep in mind that just because she cannot become pregnant doesn''t mean she can''t share in the joy of your pregnancy. My sister told me first and her words were "i''m so sorry" That upset me more. I love my nieces and nephews with all my heart and my sister also allowed me to be present at the birth of her child. These things will...
 
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