Q: I have a child from an unmarried relationship and my husband and I would like for him to be able to adopt her.
The father on the birth certificate has not seen her since her first birthday. Has not provided any financial support since her birth and only tries to contact me on her birthday every year and she is now five. He is already involved in another custody case with his wife who is trying to get a divorce from him because of domestic violence. He is was also abusive to me when we were together. My husband has lived with and supported my child for four years.
A: You must address the biological father's rights one way or another. The easier way id for the bio father to consent to the adoption. The more difficult way is for you to go to court to terminate bio father's parental rights. One of those two things must happen to facilitate the adoption by your current husband.
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