Q: My fiancee has a 3 year old from a previous relationship and the father is not in his life at all and my fiancee has to
Pull teeth to get child support payments. Is there any way I can adopt him?
A: First, in Oklahoma a step-parent adoption requires you be married to the child’s parent for one (1) year. Second, you have to meet the qualifications set out in the law, mainly dealing with criminal history. Third, If the child is over twelve (12), they would have to consent. If these qualifications are met, it’s probably obvious the adoption will be much easier if the biological father consents. However, it is possible to terminate his parental rights without his consent, but it will depend on additional facts as to whether or not that is viable. Luckily, in Oklahoma a step-parent adoption is the only instance a home study is not required. I recommend you consult an attorney experienced with adoptions.
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