Q: I'd like to adopt my step son. My husband has full custody I've been in his life since he was a yr old hes now almost 8
His biological mother didnt visit him at all in 2019 and has only called and seen him once in 2020 back in march haven't heard from her again. This is very typically of her and it's tough on our son! Am I able to just adopt him since she has very little to no contact with him? How would I go about doing that?
A: You can file with the probate court to adopt. The mother will be notified and she could object. If she has not been ordered to pay child support, then your husband could file to make her start paying. If you adopt, then her child support obligation would terminate. Use the Find a Lawyer tab to retain a local attorney who handles adoptions.
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