The biological father has not been around for over 4 years, and has never even met my youngest child. There have never been any attempts of DNA/visitation on either end, and I have never received any support payments from him. What steps should I take now, and would he have to sign off for adoption/name change, even though he has never made any attempts to be around? I have found this online, but unsure if it is accurate?The absent parent has abandoned the child for at least six (6) months prior to the filing of an adoption petition. The absent parent has failed to contact or support the child for at least one (1) year when the child has been in the custody of another person. The natural father has failed to establish paternity or has failed to register with the putative father registry. The absent parent has been declared incompetent or mentally defective The absent parent has been convicted of murder, manslaughter, rape, incest, neglect, battery, or causing the suicide, and the victim was the child’s sibling.
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