I am a step dad and daughter would like me to adopt here, and I was told we can take the first step in serving this paper work to the biological father our selves. the dad has never been in the life of the child and barely pays child support and owes a large amount in back child support. My wife and I would like to save a little money and try to do some stuff ourselves and have a lawyer do the harder stuff.
You can give the biological father the Affidavit of Relinquishment of Parental Rights for him to sign. He will have to sign in front of a Noraty Public. As for where to get the form,the Dallas County Law Library may have a form available for your use.
If I can be of further assistance you can call me at 817-556-3456.
Yes you can. You will need to file a suit affecting the parent child relationship and request that the Court terminate the parental rights of the biological father. As Mr. Davis said, if the biological father is willing and you can get him to sign an affidavit voluntarily giving up those rights, then you can do a great deal of the ground work yourself. However, you are going to need a lawyer if you do not get a response from him or if he is resistent. The Court is extremely reluctant to terminate the rights of a biological parent especially if the parent is out of state. The fact that you are willing to adopt and care for this child is admirable and will go a long way towards showing the Court that the child will have a support mechanism. I practice law in Dallas county and would be happy to discuss this matter with you further. Good Luck.
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