I have 2 children (ages 9 & 12) that my husband has helped me raise (since ages 2 & 5), they are not his biological children. The biological father who is listed on the children's birth certificates, hasn't had any contact with them in 7 years. I have tried contacting him thru social media, email, old addresses and numbers. I have even tried getting info from his family but they haven't heard or seen him either. We want to know how to go about petitioning for adoption, if I am unable to locate the biological dad.
You might want to pay to an attorney’s assistance. You will need to file a Petition for Stepparent Adoption then a Motion for Alternative Service along with a sworn statement detailing your efforts to locate dad.
I agree with counsel. It is procedurally complicated but can be done by yourself or with the assistance of an attorney.
Like counsel says, you can still petition for adoption. But you just have to jump through a bunch of hoops to persuade the court that you did everything that you can to locate the father and to serve the court documents on him. Then, if you do find the father, the father will receive every opportunity to object if he wants to, and the court will take his objections seriously, even if he has been absent for a long time. If he objects, your petition will become much more difficult. All of these steps are tricky and require that you follow numerous technical procedural rules, so you almost certainly would need an attorney to do it right.
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