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My son-in-law, daughter, and ex-husband (who left me after

My son-in-law, daughter, and ex-husband (who left me after being married for 35 years for the other "gender") have literally poisoned my Grandsons, ages 16 and 14 against me, and I haven't seen, talked to them, or even been able to text them in almost ten months. I was stalked and sexually harassed by my son-in-law for four years, even after he was told to stop, and now I'm somehow being blamed. He has a criminal record (I have the court documents from his harassment with intent to molest his first wife when he was sentenced to 12 months in the Gwinnett Co. GA Correctional Institution but pled guilty because his wife had recorded his telephone conversations and his sentence was reduced with 12 months probabation, drug testing on a regular basis, and a hefty fine).I had been extremely involved in my Grandsons' lives and even kept them overnight when they were newborns while my daughter, who is a Nurse Practitioner, worked 12 hour shifts at night. She didn't trust the boys father to take care of them. He was verbally and physically abusive to both my Grandsons. I reported it to their school, and they told me to call Childrens' Services, but I didn't because they told me that they might remove them from my daughter and her husband, and I couldn't do that to her; she is a good Mom and loves my Grandsons.I had everything to take care of my Grandsons, crib, carseat, stroller, etc., and even bought formula and baby food myself, and they had, and still have, their own room at my house - I have a double bunk bed set for them. I have attended all their sporting events since they were 5 years of age. Now, because for the first time in 18 years, I defended myself and another family member against my son-in-law's oldest son (who also has a police record and was incarcerated as a juvenile for destroying the nurses' station and breaking out of a rehab facility) on Easter when he called another family member and myself disgusting names, which wasn't the first time this had occurred, my daughter and son-in-law have kept me from my Grandsons.It is a long story, but I was wondering what my rights as a Grandparent are to be able to see my Grandsons. The only time I have seen them in almost ten months is at their sporting events and two hours on Christmas Day when I gave them their gifts.Please advise me.Thank you!Michelle Wentz

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RobertJDFL

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TY! I would like to open sealed adoption records in the

TY! I would like to open sealed adoption records in the state of Va. The law there has them sealed. I am the adopted party .....61 yrs old.JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: Virginia....I called vital records there today & the records are sealed.JA: Has anything been filed or reported?Customer: That's what I am trying to do......for health reasons mainly. My adopted parents are both deceased.JA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I have city & state....obviously birthdate & last name. I was thinking maybe a private investigator but wonman @ vital records told me to get a lawyer.

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Roger

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I adopted two children 29 and 24 YEARS AGO from mexico and

I adopted two children 29 and 24 YEARS AGO from mexico and guatemala. They are both citizens but I never converted their original birth certificates to a USA or New York State birth certificate. I would like to do that now. How would I go about it.thank you,Susan Friedberg

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RayAnswers

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My husband and I have a landscaper that has worked for us

My husband and I have a landscaper that has worked for us for four years. He is here as an illegal immigrant. He is an honest and hard working person struggling to provide for his family. It is painful to see this man struggle to survive in a system that every time that he takes a step forward he is forced to take several steps back. We have considered many options in trying to help him. We would to know if it is possible to adopt him and his wife?

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ScottyMacEsq

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My son has a 6 month old son and currently has custody as

My son has a 6 month old son and currently has custody as the mother is incarcerated for attempted murder (against him, my grandson and members of our family). The mother's grandparents want visitation rights on Thursdays and Fridays (the two days that don't work for my son at all). The grandparents aren't blood relatives, they are the adopted parents of the mother (not sure if this is relevant). My son is considering working with an attorney to sue the grandparents in civil court for the fact that their vehicle (the grandparents) was used in the attempted murder (a drive by shooting). What we really would like to know is what is the likelihood the judge would award visitation and what things should I be prepared to say / do so that this doesn't happen given the circumstances.

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We will see. I have had joint residential custody of 3

we will see. I have had joint residential custody of 3 grandchildren. for 20 months. They have lived with my husband and I for most of the last 11 years along with their mother, my daughter.. due to drug issues we are raising the 3 children. no dads around.JA: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?Customer: My daughter has offered no assistance and can barely afford her rented room. sorry new jersetJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: not yet. We are trying to decide on full custody or kinship guardianshipJA: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?Customer: I thought my daughter would winn this drug battle. she says she is clean for 5 months. she does call the kids and says she wants to be involved but lives 45 minutes away

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Ely

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Abt. A year ago my grandkids were taken by the state because

Abt. A year ago my grandkids were taken by the state because of parents drug use...they have been living with the mother sister since then...she no longer wants to take care of them...parents are still in a rehab condition trying to solve their drug problem..in a month they will be going to a foster home who wants to adopt my grandkids..I want custody of my grandkids and hopefully to adopt them..I want my grandkids because I love them dearly n they r part of my family. Prior to this my son n his family came to stay with me for six months because they needed help..after they moved out I would help them take care of my grandaughter on D weekends or whenever they needed help..when my grandkids were taken by the state I was accused by cps of negligent because they say that I would allow the parents be around my grandaughter..when she was in my care.. I love my grandkids very much..n I would never put them in a unsafe invironment their well being and safety were my priority concern when I had my grandaughter in my care...the state says that I can't be trusted so they took all my rights away from my grandkids because of a biased report on me when this incident happened..they say I can't be trusted...at the moment I have filled out a form to see if I can be qualified to foster my grandkids or to adopt them if it comes to this..I filled out this form and challenged cps of the report that the report on me was biased..I never neglected my grandkids..I will be going through an intensive review if I am qualified which I shldnt have to do because I did nothing wrong..I was just helping..what is my situation if I don't pass their qualification..I so dearly want my grandkids and their hearts and my families heart will be broken because we have built a strong loving relationship with them..what should I do?

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Law Educator, Esq.

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Well here is my issue I hope you can help. My son's father

Hi Pearl. Well here is my issue I hope you can help. My son's father has not paid child support in about 3 years and he has not seen our son in over 6 months by this point. He also has never signed his birth certificate, so under where is states "Father's Name" it is listed as unknown. Am I able to request to have his parental rights terminated?JA: Because family law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?Customer: TexasJA: Have you talked to a lawyer yet?Customer: No, This is the first time I'm questioning this issueJA: Anything else you think the lawyer should know?Customer: I have my boyfriend who is willing to adopt my son if needed

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AttyHeather

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On March 3, 2015, I applied Fair Hearing on an adoption

On March 3, 2015, I applied for a Fair Hearing on an adoption subsidy from Seneca County, and a decision was made by Mary Pat Walsh in our favor (SH#85366). At that time, I was advised to ask for another hearing to address the time between my daughters adoption on Dec. 20, 2001 and March 3 2015. In the decision letter, it is stated that my daughter Hali was „erroneously referred to as hard to place, warranting a subsidy on that basis.” It then describes her disability and says that „the agency is in possession of evaluations and communications from the time of adoption, and the present, which support finding the child's condition as a permanent disability” and that she „ had the medical condition making her eligible for subsidy under handicapped child at the time of the original agreement.”Seneca County wants me to sign a new adoption agreement. This will pay me the difference in 2 levels of subsidy from March 3, 2015 and now, continuing. I feel that there are a couple of mistakes, that they are unwilling to change, and I want to make sure that these mistakes will not effect my new Fair Hearing. Those mistakes are 1) under „Type of subsidy condition, „medical” was checked. I believe that it should be „Physical”. Hali has qualified for NYSEd. Dept. ACCES-VR (vocational rehab) due to her condition. It is spelled out in NYS Educational law 1002, and NYS Public Health Law 2581.2) They have put me down as an „addition of an adoptive parent”, but I am a remarried widow. I am not new. Therefore I believe it should be a „name change”. I am wondering if that will effect my next Fair Hearing.Please advise

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Law Educator, Esq.

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