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How can i have my husband legaly be my daughters dad and have

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How can i have my husband legaly be my daughters dad and have his last name.The biological father went to prison while i was pregnant he saw the child once and i havent seen or heard from him .My husband raised her from 6 mo.of age until now, she is 15 now
Your husband can legally adopt your daughter and you can legally change her name in the same proceeding. Since the biological father abandoned the child, I doubt he has any right to stop this.

You can get a free consultation from some of the adoption lawyers listed by location at

You can probably do this without an attorney if you get a copy of Do Your Own California Adoption from
which may be available at the County law library.

See also

I hope this information is helpful.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
if i can get this taken care of without an attorney, will this adoption process be expensive?
If you tell me which County you live in I can look up the filing fees.

Stepparent adoptions are the easiest variety.
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Great, i live in Sacramento County

96 First paper filed in response in family law matter other than
dissolution of marriage or domestic partnership, legal
separation, or nullity
GC 70670(c) $ 395*

99 Petition for adoption (for each person to be adopted) H&S 103730 $20

112 Costs for stepparent adoption, including investigation (amount
set by court, up to $700) (FC 9001, 9002)
FC 9002 Amount ordered by court

That looks like $415 to file and up to $700 more later.

You may be eligible for a fee waiver, see and has the Family Code sections relating to stepparent adoptions.

I hope this information is helpful.
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