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Well I got my husband cousin baby an have had her 14 months an Dec has found the dad would I have any chance keeping her.he not been in her life or nothing

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They where doing tpr on mom an had us sign papers saying we adaption her

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I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

Do you currently have a custody order for the child?

Was the TPR and adoption granted?

Thanks!

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
They where filing tpr on mom an the adaption paper where in process just went to court 1 week an that's what they said do so we signed paper saying we take her
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Hello

Yes I'm here, can you please clarify your question.

I'm having a little trouble understanding what exactly has or has not occurred in your case.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Dfc recover the father of the baby but we sign paper to start adaption an now dad want her he don't no her would I have right to keep her

Thanks for clarifying.

The father's parental rights were never terminated as part of the DFC case?

How old is the baby?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
17 months they did really no he was the father did dna
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
She's been in my life an I took care her for 14 months

Thank you for all of the additional information. Give me just a few minutes to finish typing up some information for you, thanks

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Since he is the child's biological father, yes he does have legal standing to seek to custody.

Based on the information you've shared, it appears that he has however been absent from child's life so far.

The court can terminate his parental rights as well, if the judge finds that there has been either:

  • abandonment
  • abuse
  • mental illness on his part
  • the loss of rights of another child, or i
  • certain felony convictions on his part.

You can consider filing a motion for the termination of his parental rights alongside your adoption request.

The judge will evaluate the father's involvement thus far, and all of the factors I listed above, and may grant your petition for the involuntary termination of his parental rights.

Do you have the help of a lawyer in this matter?

You should consider hiring a lawyer to represent you in this process. The lawyer can file all of the necessary motions on your behalf, and can appear alongside you in court to make all legal arguments for you.

You can contact the Georgia State Bar for a referral to a family law attorney in your area.

There are sometimes pro bono lawyers available who can take your case for free, so be sure to inquire about that possibility as well.

The phone number is:

***-***-****

See:

https://www.gabar.org/forthepublic/findalawyer.cfm

I hope that helps!

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