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Old 10-09-2008, 05:53 PM
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So I'm in a situation where I may have to adopt the child of a family member... she is considering giving it up but may not willingly sign the child over to me, so I might have to go through legal channels... Can I do this with my husband being a felon who is in for the next 9 years? I'm stable financially, have great family resources and no criminal record... but I don't want to spend all that money just to be denied.

Does anyone have an experience with this??
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Your being a relative will help, but I strongly suggest that you spring for a consultation with an attorny who specializes in adoption law.
That lawyer will be much better able to ask you the right questions and lay out your options.
There will be details needed to establish your situation that you won't want to post publically.
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Your being a relative will help, but I strongly suggest that you spring for a consultation with an attorny who specializes in adoption law.
That lawyer will be much better able to ask you the right questions and lay out your options.
There will be details needed to establish your situation that you won't want to post publically.
Can she just sign her rights over to me without an attorney?
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Yes and no- She can, and you can just file the papers with the courts, but I wildly recommend that an attorney be engaged to look over the agreement to ensure that it is complete and accurate and to do the filing with the courts- Adoptions, even when they are privately arranged and relatively simple, are still complex enough to merit professional help.... there have been too many cases in which a small error in the agreement or the filing resulted in an adoption being declared invalid and I cannot imagine the heartbreak that creates for all involved, especially a child who gets torn out of the only home they've known.
I wouldn't chance it, I'd get a good attorney to facilitate it so that all the Ts are crossed, all the paperwork submitted correctly, etc... a small investment for so crucial a matter.
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Even though she is family to keep the drama and confusion down get a lawyer.So if there are any glitches you will not stuck without any help.
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Thanks everyone, I will get an attorney (she's kind of a flake) and see what needs to be done
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I live in michigan and i am going through a situation like this but the court is already involved so the baby has a lawyer and he is fighting for me but for sure get a lawyer because anything can happen. She might say that she will sign the baby over but then if someone gets in her ear and tell her not to it can be a different story. My brother knows he can't take care of a baby and his wife has had 5 kids taken from her so by law in michigan her rights have to be taken i have had the baby for 5 months at first he said i will sign over the rights then his wife told him no so now we have been in court since june so make it easy and get a lawyer.
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I'm def getting a lawyer... she's awful flighty and I want to make sure if she changes her mind a couple years down the line she has no legal rights.
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I might get flamed for this, but if you TRULY want the child, and have all the resources, you should not be concerned about the costs if you were to get turned down. I see you are in New York, try seeing if there is an adoptive parents "club" around you to try to find a better family attorney. Best of luck to you, and the child.
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Its going to be a bit rough with the felon-you definitely need a lawyer
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