Q: How do I go about legally adopting my sig others son, so we can get him a passport, as well as have legal rights?
My significant other and I have been together since sept 2013. Child was born Jan 2012. Biological father has never put forth any effort to support (financially or emotionally) the child and has been in and out of jail and prison the child’s entire life. I’ve been acting in place as his father since he was a year old. My partner and I have a child together and she has been “step mom” to my 2 daughters as well. We are just not legally married, a large expense when raising 4 children.
A: In order to adopt the child, your significant other will need to file to terminate the biological parent's rights.
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The child's mother can file with the Court requesting to obtain a passport for the child. When granted, the Court will order that the passport can be obtained without the Biological father's signature.
The child's mother can also file for sole or primary custody and child support to help with the finances and to limit Biological father's time and contact with the child as long as this is in the child's best interest.
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