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You would need to file a petition with the local family court to terminate the father's parental rights before you can have him removed from your son's birth certificate.Unfortunately, it is unlikely that you could get an order so quickly unless you can find a local attorney who can expedite the matter for you. You would need to have the father served by publication since you cannot locate him.
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how quickly could I get full authority?
It depends in part on the court's docket and whether the court finds that it is in the best interests of your son. You would need to show that removing the father is in the child's best interests or the court could deny the petition.It isn't as simple as you might think to get a parent removed from a birth certificate.
since time is a big issue here, would I be able to get his dual citizenship without the dad being present?
what would be the fastest step to take, and also the least expensive, not that this isn't important enough to spend the money on it, but, I am also looking at very expensive lawyer fees to fight the deportation
The fastest way to go about this would to be to retain a family law attorney to try to expedite the matter through the court. Otherwise, you could hire an experienced paralegal to assist you, but they may not be able to get the matter heard as quickly.
do you have anyone you could recomend?
No. But the state and local bar associations can provide you with referrals.
thank you for taking the time to talk to me. I guess I already knew there were no real shortcuts but here's to wishfull thinking! Have a great day, Irene
Yes. I wish it were easier too. You have a wonderful day as well, Irene. All the best to you.