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I want to adopt my step daughter. Her biological father has

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I want to adopt my step daughter. Her biological father has not paid child support in 18 months and currently has no contact with her, a child support case has been opened. He has a previous record- breaking and entering with physical violence towards the child's mother, my wife. What options do I have?
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Yes we are married
Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 7 years ago
What you have to do is to bring two petitions before the Court. The first is Petition to Terminate Parental Rights, and the second is Petition for Adoption. The father does have the right to be served with notice to make his argument if he should appose. Even if you are adopt the child, it's likely he would still get visitation. Warning - this is a very complex situation and I do NOT recommend doing this w/o an attorney because navigating the system for this yourself can cause you more harm than good. If you still want to, go to legalzoom.com for the petitions.I can help you find an attorney in your area who specializes in these kinds of matters if you'd like.



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Customer reply replied 7 years ago
Would I be better to file here in Maryland where I live or in Ohio where the child support case was opened?
Family Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 7 years ago
The jurisdiction for this kind of case is where the child has lived for the last 6 months - whichever state and county that falls under, is the jurisdiction. :)

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Thank you so much, you were very helpful, thank you again
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