My name is Ben. I'm a licensed attorney. Glad to try and help out.
My heart goes out to you. Kudos for doing such a loving deed.
My colleague who initially handled your inquiry is quite competent and I agree with everything she stated. Seeing you have some additional questions, I'm happy to answer them in the order presented:
1.) Since I am editing the forms, should I remove the Form number from the document?
No. You certainly can do so, but there's no need at all for doing that.
2.) Is it common practice to edit such forms?
Yes. Absolutely. It happens every day and every Judge sees it.
3.) There is not a father listed on the birth certificate because the person my sister believes is the father does not want to be listed. He does not want his rights. I think he would need to sign the Affidavit of Nonpaternity a-3, correct?
Yes. Your understanding is indeed correct.
4.) Would he also need to sign a consent and waiver a-1?
No. Without parentage established, no need to consent to adoption.
5.) In this case would a Dilligent Search be applicable? What would that mean doing in simple English?
Yes. It simply means searching Florida’s Putative Father Registry: Motion.
5.) On the Indian Child Welfare Act form, who is the person the form refers to as the other party?
It includes your sister, the father (if there was one), and anyone with custody (i.e. guardian, again only if applicable).
6.) Can you also explain how do I go about the Search of the Putative Father Registry?
Sure. Just click the link provided above ("Motion") and it walks you through the steps.
7.) Do I have to get the judge to sign the order for that search before I can get it done? How do I do that? Just file it with my other paperwork?
You use the "Motion" (mentioned above) and file along with your other documents.
8.) Am I responsible to provide the court with the Final Judgement (b2) form?
9.) Most importantly, if any info is missing when I file, will the judge normally just advise me and reschedule another hearing? In other words, I will not have to refile?
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I hope all works out for you and all concerned.
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