I am a single mother recently married. My husband would like to adopt my 13 year old. There is no father listed on the birth certificate. I was told that in the state of Ga, a teen could decide for themselves. We just have to have a parallegal type the papers stating that fact and submit them. Is this true? Will I have a problem with parental consent with no name on the birth certificate? We really need help. We're way too poor to afford a lawyer or pay a lot of money for anything. My daughter has had a lot of heartache in her short life, and my husband loves her dearly. This is something that she really needs and wants. She has never had a father or even a father figure in her life. The past 4 years have been great for her. But now she would like it to be leagal and have our last name. If adoption is too exspensive, is a name change something we should consider as an alternative? We really could use your advice.