My husband and I were split apart for a bit, we were having problems. A child was born in the meantime to another gal. He signed the birth certificate when the child was born.
In the meantime, my husband and I had worked through everything and we got back together. My husband and I have had the child in our care since the child was born though. The mother told us, that she wants no part of the child's life. Mother signed a notarized paper even stating this.
My husband wants to file for full custody and do it on his own if he can. If we can't we will seek a lawyer. Mother has no interest in contesting and we don't want no child support, etc. from her. Is the acknowledgement of paternity and child's birth certificate all he needs to file?
Mother wants us to have something drawn up that she signs her rights away and I am put into her spot. Is something like this possible? If so, what is it and can it only be done by a lawyer?
You are going to need an attorney to handle this. If the biological mother agrees, you can probably adopt the child. At the least your husband is going to want a judgment of paternity and custody. These are not types of cases you are likely to successfully navigate without an attorney. Even if you did, there is the potential for errors that could create any number of problems in the future. If it is a non-contested adoption or paternity and custody case, hiring an attorney should not be terribly expensive.
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