Adoption Issues/Adopting my fiance daughter
Hello my name is Bruce and I'm 23 and I've been with my fiance for 2 years. Were planning on getting married next year. I really want to go threw with the adoption process becase I have been there since day one. From the night that she was in the hospital giving birth. Anywho her father has shown no interest in trying to meet her and she's almost 2. Does he have any rights to her? He's not on the birth certificate either.
Adoption laws vary from state to state, so I can only provide you with general information. Usually, it is a good idea to get the child's birthfather to sign papers in which he relinquishes his parental rights to the child so that you can adopt her. A lawyer who does adoption work in your state will help you with this. If he does voluntarily relinquish his rights, this means that if you subsequently adopt the child, you, rather than he, will be responsible for the financial support of the child. If he does not relinquish, there is a process that the court will go through in order to involuntarily terminate his parental rights. The judge usually will insist on doing this even if the birthfather has not provided support or otherwise shown any interest in the child.
Some states do allow a fiance to adopt a child, but it might be a good idea to wait until after you marry to petition to adopt the child. Since the judge has to make a decision regarding your fitness as an adoptive father, it will strengthen your case to already be married to the child's mother.