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Okay, my child biological father has nothing to do with her, hasn’t seen her since Christmas and didn’t even pay attention to her then. Never calls or checks on her. He’s not on the birth certificate and has zero rights at all. My fiancé has been there for her since the last few weeks of my pregnancy and she calls him daddy. How would we go about him adopting her?

Lawyer's Assistant: What steps have you taken? Have you filed any papers in family court?

No. I’ve just been thinking about it. Would the biological father have to have anything to do with it?

Lawyer's Assistant: Family law varies by state. What state are you in?

Mississippi

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The biological father has seen her maybe a total of 10 times her whole life and she’s a year old. He has another child and told me “I have a son I get to see everyday and I never see her so y’all dont need me”

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ANSWER: Unfortunately, in order for him to adopt the child, the child's biological father's parental rights have to be terminated. That can happen either voluntarily, with his consent and relinquishing his rights, or forcibly, by a court order.

It sounds to me like you think he will not consent. Therefore, the court will have to terminate his rights. In order to get a court order to terminate his rights, the court has to find that he can't financially support the child, that he rarely contacts the child, he has abandoned the child, or that he has abused or neglected the child.

Here you can find the Mississippi statutes for forced termination of parental rights: https://law.justia.com/codes/mississippi/2016/title-93/chapter-15/.

It includes the information about where to file, how to file, how to serve, etc. I highly recommend that you find an attorney to help you file this case. These matters can get very complicated.

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