What are my sister's rights if her husband wants to take in a friend's son and possibly adopt but she does not?
Question Details: My sister has been married for 17 years and has 2 boys (11/13). Her husband is Chinese and is considering taking his cousin's 14 year old son to live with them and send him to school here. He has even suggested that they adopt him. She is against it but he is proceeding anyway. Can she refuse to sign legal, medical and adoption papers to mitigate her legal responsibilities? What are her options?
Think about it: adoption is a voluntary act to bring someone in to the family. Can she choose not to sign the paperwork? Yes, of course she can. Can he sign alone? For that answer she should consider consulting with an attorney in her area. He could absolutely be made the legal guardian of the child but adoption is different. Good luck.
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