Q: How do I go about adopting a young man who I have been guardian of for twelve of his thirteen years?
When the young man first came into my life, his mother had been caring for him. Soon after, the mother signed her parental rights over to the father. The father lives here in Utah, and has only seen him four or fives times in twelve years with no support. The mother now lives in New Mexico. She has seen the young man several times over the years for a couple days at a time. The mother also has not contributed to the support of the young man. I alone (I am a single man) have supported the young man for the twelve plus years. The young man does want me to adopt him. What steps do I need to take and is it a costly endeavor? Note: This is not a court ordered guardianship. The mother and father have never been married.
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