Do Your Own California Adoption: Nolo's Guide for Stepparents and Domestic Partners

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Stepparents and domestic partners can adopt a child in California without a lawyer, and Do Your Own California Adoption shows you how. Packed with plain-English information and instructions, it's the only book available that takes adopting parents through the entire process, one step at a time. The 6th edition includes the latest forms and is updated to reflect legal changes that now allow same-sex couples to use these streamlined procedures. All the forms you need are included ...
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Overview

Stepparents and domestic partners can adopt a child in California without a lawyer, and Do Your Own California Adoption shows you how. Packed with plain-English information and instructions, it's the only book available that takes adopting parents through the entire process, one step at a time. The 6th edition includes the latest forms and is updated to reflect legal changes that now allow same-sex couples to use these streamlined procedures. All the forms you need are included as tear-outs and on CD-ROM.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873379380
  • Publisher: NOLO
  • Publication date: 12/1/2003
  • Edition description: Sixth/Book & CD
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 How to Use This Book 1
Chapter 2 Issues to Consider Before You Adopt
A. Legal Consequences of Adoption 2
1. Consequences for You 2
2. Consequences for the Child 2
3. Consequences for the Absent Parent 2
B. Legal Requirements for Adoption 4
C. Establishing Parental and Custody Rights 4
1. Stepfathers Who Want to Adopt 5
2. Stepmothers Who Want to Adopt 5
3. Domestic Partners Who Want to Adopt 6
D. Representing Yourself 6
1. Documents to Collect 7
2. Working With Social Services 8
3. Preparing and Filing Court Documents 9
E. Changing Your Adopted Child's Name 11
Chapter 3 Choosing the Correct Adoption Procedure
A. When the Absent Parent Consents 2
B. When You Can't Obtain the Absent Parent's Consent 2
1. Willful Failure and Abandonment 3
2. Termination of Absent or Missing Father's Rights 5
Chapter 4 Adopting When the Absent Parent Consents
A. Informal and Formal Consent 3
1. Obtaining Consent 3
2. Children Born Out of Wedlock 3
3. Children Conceived Through Donor Insemination 5
B. Preparing and Filing the Adoption Request 5
1. Completing the Form 5
2. Filing the Request 10
C. Cooperating With Social Services 10
D. Formal Consent 11
1. Consent From Your Spouse or Domestic Partner 12
2. The Child's Consent 12
3. The Absent Parent's Consent 12
E. Scheduling the Adoption Hearing 13
F. Preparing the Adoption Agreement and the Adoption Order 13
1. Instructions for Completing the Adoption Agreement 14
2. Instructions for Completing the Adoption Order 14
G. The Adoption Hearing 14
H. After the Hearing 16
1. Filing the Paperwork 16
2. Getting the Birth Certificate Amended 16
3. Time to Relax 17
Chapter 5 Adoption in Cases of Willful Failure
A. Making Sure the Absent Parent Is Not an Alleged Father 3
1. Declaration of Paternity 4
2. Child Born After Divorce or Separation 4
3. Parents Attempted to Marry Before Birth 4
4. Parents Attempted to Marry After Birth 4
B. Preparing and Filing the Adoption Request 5
C. Cooperating With Social Services 5
D. Notifying the Absent Parent 5
1. Preparing the Papers You Must Serve 7
2. Serving the Papers 9
E. Publishing Notice to the Missing Parent 15
1. Try to Find the Absent Parent 15
2. Choose a Newspaper for Publication 18
3. Prepare Documents 18
4. Get Your Order for Publication Signed 25
5. Arrange for Your Hearing Date 25
6. Arrange for Publication 25
7. Verify Publication 26
F. Declaration Regarding Military Service 26
G. The Adoption Hearing 26
1. Preparing the Paperwork 26
2. Presenting Evidence 26
Chapter 6 Adoption in Cases of Abandonment
A. Preparing the Adoption Request 2
B. Preparing the Abandonment Petition 2
C. Filing the Request and the Petition 4
D. Agency Investigations and Reports 7
1. Probation Department 7
2. Social Services 7
E. Scheduling the Adoption and Abandonment Hearings 8
F. Giving Notice to the Absent Parent 8
1. Preparing the Papers You Must Serve 8
2. Notice by Publication 11
G. Notifying Relatives 11
1. Preparing the Notices 12
2. Serving the Notices 12
H. The Abandonment and Adoption Hearings 15
1. The Abandonment Hearing 15
2. The Adoption Hearing 19
Chapter 7 Adoption in Cases of Termination
A. Determining If the Child Was Born Out of Wedlock 4
B. Determining If There Is a Presumed Father 4
C. Preparing and Filing the Adoption Request 4
D. Cooperating With Social Services 5
E. Giving Notice to the Alleged Father 5
1. When You Do Not Know the Whereabouts of the Alleged Father 5
2. When You Know the Whereabouts of the Absent Parent 10
F. The Termination Petition and Order 17
1. When the Judge Doesn't Sign the Order 22
2. The Termination Hearing 22
G. The Adoption Hearing 22
1. Preparing the Paperwork 22
2. At the Hearing 23
3. After the Hearing 23
Chapter 8 Special Information for Domestic Partners
A. Domestic Partner Registration 2
B. Sperm Donor Issues 4
1. Unknown Donor at a Doctor's Office or Sperm Bank 4
2. Known Donor at a Doctor's Office or Sperm Bank 4
3. Known Donor at Home 9
C. Surrogate Issues 9
D. Homophobia 9
E. Third and Fourth Parents 10
Chapter 9 Working with a Lawyer
A. How a Lawyer Can Help You 2
1. Negotiating With the Absent Parent 2
2. Assisting With Preparing Documents 2
3. Filing and Serving Legal Documents 2
4. Answering Questions Along the Way 2
B. How to Find and Select a Qualified Lawyer 2
C. Lawyers' Fees 3
1. Hourly Fee 3
2. Fixed Fee 3
3. Costs 3
D. Getting the Most for Your Money 4
1. Prepare Before You Talk to Your Lawyer 4
2. Consolidate Your Questions 4
3. Try to Answer Questions on Your Own 4
4. Carefully Review Lawyer Bills 4
Glossary
Appendix 1 How to Use the CD-ROM
Appendix 2 Forms
Index
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