My cousin has a child who is 4-years-old. She was arrested for forgery and sentenced to 3 years with early release in late 2015. She owes about $1230.00 back child support to her child’s father. He is now asking for his wife to be able to adopt the child. My cousin just received papers of a court date for March 27th, 2014 for adoption of this minor child. Can this be legally done and what are the mother’s rights? This is in the state of Indiana.
Based on the information you provided, it sounds as though your cousin’s parental rights are being challenged (possibly terminated) in order for the step-mom to legally adopt the minor child. Every state has different rules and requirements regarding the termination of parental rights. Such terminations are very fact dependant and vary on a case-by-case basis.
Your cousin needs to consult with a family law attorney immediately regarding the issue in order to best preserve her rights.