The biological father of my 5 year old daughter has not had contact with my daughter for 15 months. My husband would like to adopt her, but cannot until the biological fathers rights are terminated. Is there a form I can fill out myself and turn in to request the termination or do I have to go through a lawywer? In Idaho
You are never required to have an attorney, it's just that attorneys know what they are doing. I'm an attorney, but I'm only about 40% competent when it comes to household plumbing.
Each county has a "court assistance office" that can provide limited help in common cases where people represent themselves. Adoption often has persons representing themselves, so check with that office for more information, forms etc. You can also google "Idaho IVLP" and find a resource that attempts to connect persons seeking free legal help with attorneys looking to do some pro bono hours. It is hit or miss on whether any attorneys in your area would be looking to do that.
This is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon. Legal problems are very fact-specific and anyone with a legal problem should consult with an attorney.
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