What you have to do is to bring two petitions before the Court. The first is Petition to Terminate Parental Rights
, and the second is Petition for Adoption. The father does have the right to be served with notice to make his argument if he should appose. Even if you are adopt the child, it's likely he would still get visitation
. Warning - this is a very complex situation and I do NOT recommend doing this w/o an attorney because navigating the system for this yourself can cause you more harm than good. If you still want to, go to legalzoom.com for the petitions.I can help you find an attorney in your area who specializes in these kinds of matters if you'd like.
Best of luck in your matter! I'm here if you need any more clarification or follow up info. I hope you found my answer helpful, and if so please click on the GREEN ACCEPT button for my answer. This is the only way for me to be paid for my work. Your question will not close, and you will still have the opportunity to follow-up if and I would be happy to answer any and all of the follow up questions.
There might be a delay between your follow up questions and my answers because I may be helping other clients or taking a break.
Leaving a bonus and positive feedback is not required, but doing so is certainly appreciated!
You can always request me for a future legal consultation through my profile at http://www.justanswer.com/profile.aspx?PF=7286322&FID=7 If you do this, make sure to being the question with “This Question is for Eli…”