my wife and i lost our parental rights over 2 years ago due to drug abuse. we have since been through treatment and have over 2 years of sobriety each. my parents stepped in and adopted our 2 boys. we all live in the same house currently. my wife and i want to move on with our lives by moving out of my parents with our boys. is this legal ? if not what do we need to do to make this possible? what are our rights?
---- bothell, Washington
As a result of the adoption, you and the children’s mother
ceased being the children’s parents (father and mother), at least in the eyes of the law. Consequently, you and your wife no longer have any legal rights as parents, nor any legal responsibilities. So far as the law is concerned, as a result of the adoption, your parents became the mother and father of your children. In sum, you are no longer the father of your children. Rather, you are your children’s bother. And your wife has no legal relationship to the children at all.
The legal recourse for you and your wife is to now commence a proceeding to adopt the children from their existing parents. Assuming the existing parents give their consent to the adoption, there should be no problem (assuming the child protective services agencies and juvenile court
no longer has any involvement in your lives). When the adoption is finalized, you and your wife, as the adopting parents, will then be in full control. But until the, control remains in the hands of the children’s existing parents (who also happen to be your parents as well).
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