Q: The bio-mom is dead and bio-dad didn't know about the kid until recently. How can the dad get custody of the kid?
The bio-mom has passed away, and she never told the bio-dad about the child. The bio-dad knows the kid through another source, but he doesn’t have any guardian or parental rights over them.
What would happen to the kid after the mom’s dead? How would the father establish his paternity if his name isn’t on the birth certificate? What if his name is on the birth certificate but he never signed it?
Would it be faster if the father tries to adopt the child instead? Is he allowed to? Is the mom allowed to give the dad custody through her will?
Basically, what would the dad need to do to gain custody of his kid? How long would it take?
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