My daughter is 28 years old. Her biological father went to prison for 20 years when she was 5 years old. I divorced him a few years after he went in. There was no child support ordered because of his incarceration. There was no visitation after the first five years of his incarceration. I remarried when she was 10 and her step father has supported her physically and emotionally since we married. She wants her step father to adopt her and this is also our wish. Her biological father would object, but even now, he has little to no involvement in her life. Since she is an adult, can he prevent an adoption? What course of action should we take? We did consult a lawyer and we're told he would have to give his permission, but everything I have read says his permission is not necessary. What is the right answer?
Thanks in advance.
In an adult adoption, the biological father does not have the power or ability to object to the adoption. As long as the adult child and her stepfather want the adoption to happen, the court will grant it, and the biofather has no say in the matter. You should locate an experienced adoption attorney in or near your area through the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers, www.gacal.org -- they will know what to do.
The attorney you consulted was not correct. In Georgia, to complete an adult adoption requires the consent of the adult being adopted and the adult adopting to become the parent. I encourage you to visit www.gacal.org and find an experienced adoption attorney who can assist you with the process through the directory for the Georgia Council of Adoption Lawyers.
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