Can I undo my stepmom’s adoption ofme?

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Can I undo my stepmom’s adoption ofme?

When I was 17, my stepmom adopted me before my father passed away. After his passing I’ve gone though 4 years of emotional and financial abuse from both my stepmom and stepsister. At this point, I want to cut all ties and undo the adoption if possible.

Asked on August 16, 2011 Kentucky

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M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your situation.  There is not way, unfortunately, to un do an adoption.  Once she adopted you she stands in the same shoes as your natural parent and given the same rights.  You can, however, sever all ties with them not that you are an adult.  And if they persist on harassing you you can file for a restraining order against them.  From my calculations you are 21 years old.  You are an adult and you do not have to have any relationship with them at all. Thre are other options like being adopted by someone else as an adult but I do not know if that is an option for you.  I would seek some legal help if you can.  Possibly from legal aid?  You did not dwell on the financial aspect of the question but once you were 18 your inheritance was yours.  And if she has done anything to in any way abuse her "title" - and it is only a title - as Mother then you have legal recourse.  Good luck.


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