My husband and I are currently working on a step-parent adoption. My ex husband only calls or text on birthday's and the children are old enough to decide whether they want to answer or not. He has visitation scheduled throughout the year, but he has not shown up for his visits in 4 years. He has also not paid child support. A child support case has been opened 3 times, and recently he has been avoiding getting served to start the child support process. (The case worker informed me he refused to answer the door.) I just would like to know if he called once in May and texted in August, does this still count as abandonment?
You have to convince the court that he has failed to provide financial or emotional support for the child for more than a year in order for the court to find the child available for adoption. I suppose he can try to argue that his meager efforts to call on their birthday should count as emotional support, but I doubt most judges would be impressed.
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I think the level of contact is so minimal that your step-parent adoption has a good chance of success. Adoptions are difficult to do without an attorney. Consider working with an attorney who handles adoptions. Good luck to you.
I think you have a good chance of getting through the adoption. Father’s contact is minimal. I also agree that having an attorney help you through the step parent adoption process will likely be beneficial to you and your husband. It will also likely save you time by doing it correctly the first time and making the correct arguments to the judge. Additionally many offices like ours offer a free initial consultation so you can get a feel for the attorney and find the right fit.
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