Springfield, MA asked in Family Law, Adoption and Child Custody for Massachusetts

Q: What are our chances of my husband adopting my son as his legal stepchild. As well as what are the steps we need to take

I have an 8 year old son from a prior relationship, his biological father has not seen or spoken to him in about 6 years. I was just recently married but before marriage my husband has been supporting my son for the past 5 years while we were in a relationship. The biological father does not keep up with his child support payments, he has not called or attempted to have a visit with my son. We just want to become a whole, complete family.

1 Lawyer Answer
Lillian J. LaRosa
Lillian J. LaRosa
  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Woburn, MA
  • Licensed in Massachusetts

A: If there are no issues involving the step father there are no chances working against you and then quite possibly biological father would be willing to consent to the adoption. You can still proceed with the adoption petition if he does not consent but it would be a longer time frame, and judging from the facts presented there is no involvement with the child and he may also have fitness issues.

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