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Q: Adoption rights


I live in MN and I gave birth to my daughter about 8 years ago and when she was 18 months old my partner and I separated. She never legally adopted our daughter but we have worked out spilt custody. I am now married but my ex asked me today if she could adopt our daughter with the 2nd parent adoption. I don't know if this would be accepted by the court as we are no longer together and I am married to someone else, or if i have the right to say no. I would love some advice.


A: Response from Joyce Kauffman

Thanks for asking this important question. The law about who can adopt varies from state to state and you really should consult with an attorney in Minnesota. I would suggest you contact the ACLU of Minnesota for a referral: American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota

2300 Myrtle Ave, Suite 180 Saint Paul, MN 55114 Phone: 651-645-4097 ** Fax: 651-647-5948 Email:

Good luck.

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Cliff Greenberg

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Cliff Greenberg, Esq, has devoted his entire legal career to helping children and families. After graduating from the George Washington University School of Law, he joined the Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Division in Manhattan as a Law Guardian, where he worked tirelessly to ensure that the city's foster children were protected and placed in loving, permanent homes.
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Joyce Kauffman

Joyce Kauffman

Joyce Kauffman is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1992. She has a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley College (now Lesley University) and a Bachelor's degree in Child Development from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst. Attorney Kauffman is also a trained Mediator and Collaborative Lawyer; the focus of her legal practice, based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, is LGBT family law and traditional family law.
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Richard B. Vaughn

Richard B. Vaughn

At International Fertility Law Group (IFLG), Richard B. Vaughn provides legal services nationwide to clients from all over the world hoping to build their families through assisted reproduction as well. Among many other volunteer activities, Rich Chairs the A.R.T. Committee of the ABA Family Law Section. Rich has also served on the National Board of the American Fertility Association (now Path 2 Parenthood).
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