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Old 01-03-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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In yet another snag in our move to Alabama - I found out that to enroll my high school senior in Madison schools we have to have formal custody. She is he daughter of my husband's first wife (not our biological child). She has been with us for over 10 years but we've only had a power of attourney - and no formal custody.

The county requires proof of custody if the parents are not together. Does anyone have any idea what I can do now? School starts on Monday, the natural mother is in Nebraska and is not easy to work with, the natural father has been "lost" for years.

Doesn't anyone have any experience with non biological children in the madison county area?
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Old 01-03-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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I think you'll have better luck putting in a call to Madison City Schools (Welcome to Madison City Schools), social services, or a lawyer.

Whether the biological mother is easy to work with or not, sounds like you're just going to have to do what you gotta do. It's possible through one of these venues you can locate someone who can facilitate the communication. I would imagine they would be willing to allow her to attend school with the mother's written permission while you work out the legal kinks of the custody situation. Also, since you are talking about a high school senior, emancipation might be an alternative that can be explored. Again, I urge you to contact a lawyer, the school district, or both.
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Old 01-03-2008, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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I think you'll have better luck putting in a call to Madison City Schools (Welcome to Madison City Schools), social services, or a lawyer.

Whether the biological mother is easy to work with or not, sounds like you're just going to have to do what you gotta do. It's possible through one of these venues you can locate someone who can facilitate the communication. I would imagine they would be willing to allow her to attend school with the mother's written permission while you work out the legal kinks of the custody situation. Also, since you are talking about a high school senior, emancipation might be an alternative that can be explored. Again, I urge you to contact a lawyer, the school district, or both.
I am working with the school district hoping we can get some thing temp so she can start school. I would really devestate us to have to send her back to Florida so she can graduate after all we've been through to get our family here. My daughter is giving up the joy of her life (band) so she can get the additional Alabama requirments and still graduate on time - and now after talking to the school up here 3 months it is very upsetting to find out only a few days before school starts that they won't even let her in.
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Old 01-04-2008, 06:30 AM
 
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You may need to deal with someone who actually does not know what a POA is for minors.
My daughter had a POA for my step grandson, allowing her to make decisions for him while he was in her care. There was no judge involved and he was allowed into school. She was told by someone at the school that it wasn't enough but she took it to a higher power.
If the principal can't help ask who legal council is for the BOE
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Old 01-04-2008, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, Alabama
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Yah! I finally got the girls registered - this has been a stressful week.
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Old 01-04-2008, 03:45 PM
 
Location: Huntsville, AL
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Awesome. How did you get around the "rule"?
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