Once my boyfriend and I are married he would like to legally adopt my son. The bio dad has been absent since the beginning of my pregnancy. How do we go about doing this with out having to contact bio dad?
Unfortunately, he will have to be contacted, you will have to file a formal adoption proceeding and in doing so his parental rights will be terminated...it does require at least notice to him. Contact a family law attorney to assist you.
No. You may not need his consent, but you are required to give him notice. You should consult an adoption attorney to guide you. You have three options. 1) Obtain the father’s consent; 2) File a stepparent petition and serve the father with notice of the petition. If the father fails to object, proceed without him; or 3) File a petition for termination of parental rights, if grounds exist. Again, you should consult an experienced lawyer about your options before proceeding.
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