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If, through the court we have permanent custody of our grand kids, how long do we have to have them before the parents rights are terminated?

A:  The parents didn't give you custody, the courts did. You don't have permanent custody (there is no such thing) but you do have sole custody. By giving you sole custody, the court suspended the parents' rights becuase of prior bad acts and abuse. If the parents have left rehab, they can apply for custody of their children but from what you have said, they have a snowball's chance in hell of getting any type of custody but they do have a right to apply for visitation. When they apply, if they apply, you will be notified and you...

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Will all parents give their child for adoption, when they know the child will have a better life else where?

A:  There is too much uncertainty in this world and in life itself. So no can ''know'' their child ''will'' have a ''better life'' else where. If parents put their kids up based on money/health/preparedness the system would be overloaded. Furthermore, people would be knocking on doors of people like Madonna every second if they knew there child could have a better life else where. I''m sure your adoptive dad knows there are better parents than him out there but that hasn''t stop him from keeping you. So by his own logic he is selfish. ''If a parent knows that they cannot give their child a good life, they''ll do what''s right??'' I assume by the...

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Should a man have the option of being a parent after sex?

A:  men have the same responsibility to safeguard against unwanted pregnancy as women. i have seen this too many times, guys will refuse to use protection for personal pleasure, then blame the girl when she gets pregnant. it is the female that has the life growing inside of her. its the female who must suffer the pain and discomfort of an abortion. it is the female who carries most of the guilt for making the wrong decisions. if a woman has the heart and courage to give birth to, and raise a child from a father who wants no part of what he has helped conceive, then i commend her for her convictions. most men should pray for the strength and courage that a woman such as that possesses. to answer your question, NO. the man made the choice when he opted to play super stud...

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CAN THE POLICE COME TO THE DOOR AND TOOK MY COME AND QUESTIONED THEM CAN THEY DO THAT WITHOUT ME THERE?

A:  They don''t need your permission to handcuff him, they only need probable cause. I don''t know what information they had, so I can''t address that. The are allowed to question him without you present unless you make a specific request to be there or unless you request an attorney. You are allowed to do a ''live line up'' only if it is in the immediate area and shortly after the crime. If he''s a minor, there''s gotta be a parent present. I know they have to tell you why they''re arresting him but I don''t think they need your permission to take him in. How many kids would really be arrested then it would seem to me that police are constantly stretching their boundaries more and more these days, i would consider what they have done to you is not totally legal. I...

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What happens if a natural mother wants to give the child up for adoption but the father does not?

A:  If a mother does NOT agree to put the kid up for adoption, the father is on the hook for child support. Same rule applies in reverse. If the father blocks the adoption, the mother is legally responsible and has to either care for the child herself, or pay child support while the father cares for the child. (In theory. In practice, most custodial fathers are afraid that if they ask for child support the Mom will sue for custody and win, so fathers rarely ask for child support). Can the father block the adoption? The law in this area varies from state to state. The Supreme Court has said that...

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Can we Gain Temporary custody of our Grandchildren Without Notifying DCFS or the children’s Estranged Father?

A:  “If our Grandchildren’s mother, who is our daughter, is using cocaine or other illegal drugs, is there any way we can get temporary custody of the 2 minor children? Their father is out of state, and is court ordered to not have any visitation. We do not want to notify Department of children and Family Services because of the power they have in placing the children. We are prepared to get our daughter into a rehab program if she will accept it and are prepared to take temporary custody of the children. We have not yet approached our daughter about this matter as she is not aware that we know about her drug...

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Question on getting custody of a niece?

A:  No. They do not become her ''legal parents'' simply because the parents die. They would need to go to court an file a third party guardianship petition - even if the parents'' will stated that they wanted these characters to have custody of their daughter. (The will would not be enough - they need judicial recognition.) If they wanted to be the legal parents, they would need to go through the adoption process. In situations like this, (unless the family is fairly affluent) it would be uncommon for them to adopt the child. (The child would probably be collecting social security survivor benefits and would be eligible...

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Which of Two Unmarried parents Has the Right to Primary custody?

A:  “In a situation where the parents have been living together since prior to the child’s birth but have never been legally married, who is considered to have primary custody of the child, and can one parent take the child and leave without a formal custody agreement?” In both a marriage, and the instance of an unmarried family where the father has been legally acknowledged as the father, either through DNA testing, a paternity action or, if your state’s laws provide, by being listed on the birth certificate, both parents are equally entitled to...

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I Have Full custody of a child that has Just Turned 18, Am I Still Responsible for her?

A:  “I live in NJ and one year ago I was granted full legal custody of my child’s 17 year old friend. She has now turned 18 and is a high school senior. Am I still legally responsible for her? Or does it terminate on it’s own? If so, at what point does this happen? Do I have to go through any legal channels to dissolve my responsibilities?” It’s more what the child needs to do. In New Jersey reaching the age of majority (18) does not necessarily take you off the hook on the parental responsibilities you undertook. Such action on the part of the child to emancipate might be: Completion of college, Marriage, establishing a residence outside...

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How to Gain custody when your child is a Ward of the State

A:  “This question is for my brother. My brother has a son that is 8 years old. My brother had been keeping the boy every weekend until the mother one day said that he couldn’t. My brother was unable to get any information out of the mother or see his son for several months. Since he found out that the mother placed the boy into the mental ward of a childrens hospital where the state took him over and placed him into a mental institute. When my brother found all of this out he tried to talk to the institute but no one will talk to him. He is still paying the mother child support even though the mother no longer has custody of the child. My brother loves his son and wants to get him...