My husband has been there for my daughter most of her life and she decided on her own she wants him to be her dad.
You need to proceed with a stepparent adoption, thereby terminating the rights of the putative father. Notification to the biological father may be required, but depending on the circumstances it may be unlikely he could successfully contest.See question
my daughter father has really nothing to do with her other then paying chikd support. i find that it would be easier to just not have him in the picture at all
If you are married now, the best case would be to have your spouse complete a stepparent adoption. That way, your spouse would become the child's legal parent and it would terminate the rights of the biological father. Completing a termination of rights without a stepparent to replace the other parent may be more difficult as you would need to prove it is in the child's best interest.See question
I'm 27 weeks along, and I don't want the baby, but he does. He won't agree on adoption, so I need other options.
You should seek advice of an attorney in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys. Depending on the circumstances, there may be an option to proceed with adoption despite the birth father's objections.See question
Several years ago, I adopted 2 children from a foreign country. The younger one adjusted well, we bonded, and there are only normal type problems. The older one (now 12) is diagnosed RAD (reactive attachment disorder); she hates me and has compl...
One possible solution might be to find another family who is prepared to handle this child and her unique issues. That family would need to have a home study and complete a legal adoption of the child. I recommend checking with Wasatch International Second Chance Adoptions. Best of luck to you.See question
I've been her father since she was 4 now she's 16, her biological father is not in the picture never has been and she does not have his last name how can I give her mine ?
Completing a stepparent adoption would allow you not only to change her name, but also to have parental rights equal to those of her mother. If he is not in the picture you would likely be able to terminate his rights, after giving notice to him in some way, assuming that is allowed by Maryland law. You should contact an adoption attorney licensed in Maryland to assist you.See question
I am the guardian of a 14 month old since I have had since birth. The biological mom signed court papers for me to do so. She did drugs while pregnant and has been since that I know of. The baby is a very big part of my family and I would like to ...
If the birth mother wants you to adopt the child, that would likely make it easier. It may be possible, depending on the laws in WA, to terminate the rights of the birth father without his consent considering his long absence. If both birth parents are absent / whereabouts unknown, it still may be possible, but you would likely have to give notice to her by publication. I recommend that you contact an attorney in Washington who is a fellow in the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys so that they may advise you about the specific laws of your state.See question
If my 3 minor Children were born out of wedlock and their father and I later married, but never got their records amended, are parental rights still the same?
You should seek to amend the children's birth certificates to add their father's name. Since you are married now, your husband most likely has equal rights in terms of custody, but it would be best to amend the records as well to include his information.See question
My wife and I have been legally married since October 2014, when it became legal to do so in North Carolina. Now we are looking to have a child. We have a very good friend who is willing to help out (we plan to have a contract drawn up but haven't...
Thank you for thinking ahead and asking these questions! How exciting that you are looking to build your family. You will need a legal sperm donation agreement prior to the donation. Following birth, the non-genetic mother may complete a stepparent adoption. The donor would need to participate in that by signing a consent to the stepparent adoption. I practice exclusively in the realms of adoption as assisted reproductive technologies and would be happy to assist you and explain the process in more detail.See question
I was forced by my parents to go to a home for mothers through catholic social services. I never wanted to place my daughter up fro adoption but had not choice. She will be 30 in a few days and I truly just want to know anything about her. Is ther...
I recommend you contact Catholic Social Services and find out if they have any sort of reunion process. You can also check with the Human Services department (adoptions) of the state where the adoption occurred in order to determine if it is possible to initiate contact with your daughter through a state reunion registry or other means. In some states you can also petition to open the court file.See question
My son's father passed away earlier this year and my husband would like to adopt him. We originally lived in FL and we spoke to our attorney there who said we would just need to fill out the forms and file the petition. However we've been unabl...
You will need an attorney experienced in adoption matters to assist you with this stepparent adoption. Since the child's father is deceased, it will not be a highly complicated process, however, since no adoption forms exist in Georgia, it is quite difficult to do this on your own.See question