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Father's Rights: Do I Have to Agree to Adoption?
Fathers and mothers share the same constitutionally-protected rights to raise and love their children. After a separation or divorce, one parent may feel pressured to give up parental rights to a child. ... READ MORE

Adoption: Do I Need the Birth Father's Consent?
Even if you’ve raised your child alone from birth, you can’t necessarily agree to an adoption without the birthfather’s consent. Each parent has the right to rear and raise his or her own child. Yet, under certain circumstances a birth father can lose parental rights or the opportunity to object to an adoption. ... READ MORE

Second Parent Adoptions: The Basics
Couples who are not in a legally recognized relationship—marriage, civil union, or domestic partnership—may continue to face challenges when trying to plan their family through adoption. ... READ MORE

Stepparent Adoptions: The Process
Learn more about stepparent adoption. ... READ MORE

Is It Hard to Adopt Internationally?
Learn more about the process of adopting a child from a foreign country. ... READ MORE

Can You Adopt an Adult?
Learn more about adopting someone over the age of 18. ... READ MORE

Do I Need a Lawyer to Adopt?
Many prospective adoptive parents wonder if they should hire a lawyer to help them through the process. ... READ MORE

Different Types of Adoption
Beginning the adoption process is an exciting—and often very emotional— time in your life. It's important to learn about the various types of adoption. ... READ MORE

Open Adoption and Closed Adoption: What Is the Difference?
Learn more about adoptions that allow continuing communication with birth parents. ... READ MORE

Family Law: Adoption FAQ
Answers to some basic questions about adoption. ... READ MORE


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It depends on a few different factors. How long did you own the cat?  If it was a recent adoption and you lost the cat for 15 days shortly after adopting it- you're not getting the cat back unles ...Read more

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       I have been a attorney practicing in Jacksonville for over 30 years. My favorite area of practice is private, intermediary assisted infant adoptions–which me ... Read more

Lawmakers Consider Two Bills to Reform Adoptive Records Policy

Under current Texas state law, it can be difficult for an adopted child to access their birth records, even after they have turned eighteen. They are required to go through the courts to gain acc ... Read more

Step-Parent Adoption

Just because someone goes through a divorce does not mean that they will never find marriage again. In fact, many people who get divorced look to get remarried. When someone gets remarried to someone ... Read more

PA Supreme Court Decision Holds Stepfather Liable for Child Support

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Dec. 29, 2015, issued a landmark decision that may affect whether, after separation and / or divorce, a stepparent is responsible to pay child support to a biologi ... Read more

After a Divorce: Do Stepparents Have Rights and Responsibilities Too?

In Pennsylvania, biological parents are not the only people who can seek physical or legal custody of a child. Under Pennsylvania’s child custody statute, in addition to biological parents, two ... Read more

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