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Good evening. It's actually not possible to annul an adoption. Annulment describes the situation where the court determines that the original action was never valid in the first place. You can be adopted to someone else, including back to your step-father, but your biological father is your legal father until someone else assumes that relationship.But I do have some good news. (1) you can have your name legally changed to pretty much whatever you want, regardless of who is your legal father on paper, and (2) as an adult, the father-child relationship essentially doesn't have any legal meaning whatsoever except in matters of inheritance, and even then the person can be written out of their inheritance through a will. So although the legal relationship may continue to have symbolic significance, it doesn't have to have any actual significance in your life or rights whatsoever. Believe me, there are plenty of people who "disown" various family members, including parents, but ending the legal designation can't change without a new adoption, nor does it need to change to cut them out of every aspect of your life.Let me know if further clarification is needed, and please feel free to leave a rating once you are finished (it does not cost anything extra to do so and it is the only way I may be credited for my answers.) Thank you!
Hi again. I have to be straightforward. The life insurance policy beneficiaries would depend on the language in the policy, but if it's left to his legal children and you're not a legal child, that would ordinarily be prohibitive since you're not a legal child. I can't tell you to not have an attorney look it over, but based on how you describe it, I'll be surprised if anyone reviewing the language finds a way for you to be included.
Yes, I'm not sure what you had read online... people sometimes say things that aren't precise... an adoption can't be undone on the basis of no longer wanted to be an adopted child, but I suppose it could be said that it can be "undone" through other means, e.g. a new adoption. Someone can leave a life insurance policy to anyone they please, but if you're certain that your step-father's policy only names his legal children as beneficiaries, then that would be an issue.
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