My husband would like to adopt my daugher. He has been taking care of her since she was 3 years old. Her biological father does not have any rights to her and it not on her birth certificate. He lives in Missouri, which is where myself and daughter are from. She has always wanted the last name we have now and puts it on her school work. I had heard that we should be able to do all of this through court without hiring an attorney. Is this true, if so how do I go about it?