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Have the father's rights ever been established by a court? Is his name on the birth certificate?
I see. Then you would need to file a petition to terminate his parental rights. If you live near the same court that entered the previous ordered, you would need to file a motion in that court. It should be granted under the circumstances.
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This may be a dumb question, but do I need to have an attorney to file a petition?
Not a dumb question at all. You should have an attorney or some legal assistance. However, if it is not challenged, you could at least file it yourself and then consult with a family law attorney about how to finalize it.
Here is a website that should have forms you need. There are others out there. Or, you could contact the clerk of the court for forms they may have.
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Oops. That's because I forgot to attached it. *smile* Sorry. Here it is: