Finding Legal Help
You are not required to hire an attorney, but legal matters can be complicated. Consider talking to an attorney to go over your options. See the Finding Legal Help page for information about free and low cost ways to get legal help.
Como encontrar ayuda legal
Usted no está obligado a contratar un abogado, pero los asuntos legales pueden ser complicados. Considere la posibilidad de hablar con un abogado para hablar de sus opciones. Para información sobre cómo obtener ayuda legal vea nuestra página Como encontrar ayuda legal.
Motion to Intervene in Adoption
Intervening in an adoption
An adoption can terminate the rights of a parent. This means the parent would not have any right to see the child or make decisions for them. It means someone else would be the child's legal parent. If you do not want the judge to terminate your rights you must file a Motion to Intervene. The motion asks the court to let you be a part of the case and make arguments to the judge.
This webpage explains how to file a Motion to Intervene.
Who can intervene
Whether or not you can intervene in an adoption case depends on your relationship with the child. Generally, the following people can intervene in the case:
- The spouse of the petitioner (the person asking to adopt the child)
- The child if they are older than 12
- The child's parent (this can be the legal or biological parent)
- The child's court-appointed guardian or conservator
- Anyone living with the child who is acting as the child's father
- Anyone married to the mother of the child
If you are unsure if you can intervene you might want to get legal advice. See our page on Finding Legal Help for more information.
How to ask to intervene
To ask to intervene in the adoption fill out a Motion to Intervene in Adoption and file it with the court and serve a copy on all parties in the case. The court might schedule a hearing. If the court schedules a hearing, plan to bring an Order on Motion to Intervene with you. These forms are in the forms section below.
If the court grants the motion
If the court grants your motion you will have access to information in the case, including the petition for adoption. You can then file an answer and participate in the case. If you cannot afford an attorney to represent you the court will appoint you one. See our page about Finding Legal Help on Court Appointed Lawyers for more details.
- Motion to Intervene in Adoption - PDF | Word
- Request to Submit for Decision -
(if required - wait at least 14 days after you file and serve your motion before filing)
- Order on Motion to Intervene in Adoption - PDF | Word
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