Asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Texas

Q: Can my husband adopt my daughter without bio-dad's rights signed off first?

If my daughter's biological father has expressed multiple times (I've saved the messages passed back and forth) that he doesn't want to be in her life or have anything to do with her, and he doesn't pay child support, he isn't on the birth certificate and has never been associated as her father on any legal or medical documents, do I still have to have him sign his rights away for my husband to be able to legally adopt her?

1 Lawyer Answer

Mr. Charles C Guidry

Answered
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Cypress, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: 1. First petition the court to terminate his parental rights on the basis of ? years of not paying child support & lack of being in the child's life.

2. Get a Court Order to terminate the parental right of the biological father and then

3. Petition for adoption.

4 In some cases you may petition for both in the same pleadings.

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