Q: My husband just was told he may have a 7 year old son he didnt know about. The mother hasn't had the child for awhile.
the mother is in jail right now waiting a trial and then will go to prison for a while. I am his wife. We want to prove paternity and totally adopt him as OURS . But don't want him around his "mother" ever again seeing as she is so unfit. We have 4 kids of our own and a house and I have a great job. Will we have to pay backed child support and is it possible for her rights to be totally stripped ? Her charges are mostly all drug manufacturing felonies along with controlled substance charges too. Also, if we get the child does dcfs have to investigate us first too? I don't want a history of having a case with them as that looks bad.
A: There are too many variables in your situation for a lawyer to give you solid advice on these issues without sitting down and talking to you and your husband. I encourage you to make an appointment with an attorney in your area who handles adoptions. Also, if DCFS has to due an investigation of you due to the adoption, no one is likely to find out about it and no one is going to be concerned if it's in relation to an adoption. It does not "look bad."
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