Q: I am trying to adopt my girlfriends daughter, the father isn’t on the birth certificate and never met the daughter.
Father isn’t on the birth certificate and was given many chances to meet his daughter but has only met her once for 5 minutes since she was born he refuses to answer any texts or calls and No DNA test was done. Would we need his consent for the adoption or do we have to take him to court.
A: You either need his written consent or serve him with your Petition for Adoption and give him a chance to appear in court. Don't try this without a lawyer! Adoption has a number of details that need to be handled exactly correctly. Acquiring a child in this manner should not be left to "I hope I did it right!" Something to be aware of: if you adopt the child you can be found liable for child support, regardless of whether you ever marry your girlfriend.
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