Q: NJ: I have sole legal and physical custody of my 10 yo child, Can I have non custodial parental rights terminated?
Ex pays child support but has had no contact in 3 yrs. Very minimal contact the 5 years prior) He is constantly arrested for drugs and driving with out a drivers license. He has had 3 dui's and recently in the last few months he has been caught driving on a suspended license. He is not active in my childs life and my husband is the only father my child has known. My child has a rare disorder that requires over night hospital visits. I am my childs only legal guardian. My child has no contact with my ex's family (they are all local) My child does not know anyone with his last name and is upset that his stepdad, sister and I all have the same last name. My husband is willing to adopt. Would this be considered abandonment by my ex? I have paid a ridiculous amount of lawyer fees in the past, that resulted in me doing all of the work, including getting my ex to sign over custody.
A: Thank you for your question. I can understand how stressful this must be for you. Step-parent adoptions are possible in the State of New Jersey. I would suggest that you and your husband schedule a consult with a family law attorney to go over options and any potential complications to your specific case.
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