Dayton, OH asked in Family Law and Adoption for Ohio

Q: My daughter is 15 and her bio dad isn’t on the birth certificate or around , can my husband of 8 years adopt her?

My daughter’s biological father is not listed on the birth certificate and has never paid child support. We have proved paternity. He has never shown any interest is her whatsoever. My husband and I have been together since she was two and would love to adopt her. Do we have to get her biological father’s permission?

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Cathy Cook Esq
Cathy Cook Esq
Answered
  • Family Law Lawyer
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Based on the facts you’ve provided, a step-parent adoption can occur. You will have to notify father, but don’t need his permission based on no support and no contact for one year.

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