As we were getting divorced (in Missouri), he emotionally abused both children. Primarily my daughter (15 now, 7 at the time). The last time he saw the children, in September of 2002, he picked her up and threw her down, telling her she needed to die. The police surrounded the house where he was keeping them and got the children back. The courts finally (after 9 months of emotional abuse), found him unfit. The divorce decree granted me sole legal and physical custody. He was convicted on over 20 counts of violating the restraining order. Seven months after his conviction, I moved the kids to Texas. I have no family or connection here and felt that was the best way to keep us all safe. The divorce decree does say that I was suppose to notify a particular therapist if I moved (which I did not) and that he could go to that therapist if he chose to and she alone would decide if he could ever see the kids. In eight years, I have never heard anything. My children thoroughly dislike there last name because of the memories it evokes; even more so now that I am remarried, taking my husbands last name, and they love their step-father. They would like for us to all have the same name. My fear, however, is him finding us.
Couple of quick questions filling out the forms:
- List child as second petitioner?
- Do we fill out the petition and the consent form, or is the consent form just if I had the biological father's consent and he would fill out?
Thank you so much!
So sorry to bother you yet again, and I'm happy to pay another fee; but after taking some time to consider this further, I'm wondering if termination and adoption is a better, or even possible route to take.
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