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As he is on the birth certificate you would technically need to make an application to the court for a specific issue order for the name change. As to the issue of adoption.
You need to tell your local council if he wants to adopt your children. You must do this at least 3 months before applying to a court for an adoption order.
The child must also have lived with both of you for at least 6 months.
The adoption assessment
The process to adopt is similar to an assessment through an adoption agency.
The assessment is used to help a court decide if you can adopt the child (rather than being sent to an independent adoption panel).
The court will ask your local council to provide a report on:
The report will be prepared by a social worker and will be used to help the court make a decision.
If granted, the adoption court order gives you parental responsibility for the child - along with your spouse or partner.
The order also takes away parental responsibility from:
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