Post # 1
I was unwed teen mom. My relationshipwith my daughters dad turned very abuse during my pregnancy and he started using a lot of drungs. We broke up and he stopped seeing her when she was a year old (she is 9). I have had sole custody and he paid support on and off.
Almost 6 months ago he passed away from a drug overdose. My Darling Husband is the only person she has ever known as a father figure. We started dating when she was 3. We would like to have him legally adopt her so if something happened to me there wouldn’t be any issues regarding her placement, etc. Since I am her only living parent I am wondering exactly what this will intale. We both have steady jobs and own our home. No criminal history.
Thanks in advance for any information!
Post # 3
Not a lawyer but going through adoption now and was in a situation similar to this as a child. Since the birthfather is deceased your Darling Husband will be able to adopt with no red tape. It will be easiest and safest to go through an adoption attorney. You will more than likely need his death certificate.
Post # 4
Yeah, I was gonna say I’m not a lawyer but since her birth father is dead there’s no one to fight it, you should be fine…
Post # 5
I’d agree with the PP and say to go through an attorney. If your child is receiving SS benefits and such from the deceased parent, an adoption may change that (if that’s an issue). An adoption attorney will be able to cover all of your bases, and also setting up a good will is important as well. If cost is an issue, see if they could possibly send you an interview form to get a lot of the background/history questions answered ahead of time.
ETA- I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice. *disclaimer*