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Question: I signed away my rights to my oldest daughter when she was 3, I don't know if I'm on the birth certificate. I didn't sign it, i was in basic training when she was born. I signed away my rights so her stepdad could adopt her. I came back in the picture when she was 12. I've had regular visitation with her for the last 3 years, but want my legal rights back. The mother and adoptive father will not fight me on it, they are supportive. What do I have to do to get started.? I can not afford an attorney.

Answer:

You may want to consult with a family law or juvenile law attorney who is experienced in adoptions. Because of the number of interests involved in adoptions, you may want to speak with an attorney directly.

Title 8 of the Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) contains Arizona laws pertaining to adoptions. However, given that your question is very specific, you may want to consult with an attorney directly to find out how statutes and case law may apply to your specific situation. You may also want to speak with your local juvenile court to find out if there is paperwork available to allow you and the other parties to proceed without an attorney. Some courts have self-service centers that can provide forms as well as a list of attorneys who can assist you in completing the form for a reduced fee.

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  • I signed away my rights to my oldest daughter when she was 3, I don't know if I'm on the birth certificate. I didn't sign it, i was in basic training when she was born. I signed away my rights so her stepdad could adopt her. I came back in the picture when she was 12. I've had regular visitation with her for the last 3 years, but want my legal rights back. The mother and adoptive father will not fight me on it, they are supportive. What do I have to do to get started.? I can not afford an attorney.

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