My wife has a 12 year old son from a previous marriage who I would like to adopt. His biological father is not in the picture at all and she has sole custody. We live in Minnesota. So, how do I go about adopting him?
2 Answers from Attorneys
Hello. An attorney will be happy to assist you with this matter. Notice to the biological father will be made. If the father's whereabouts are unknown, a reasonable effort at notifying the father will be made. Sometimes, the biological parent will cooperate and be supportive of the adoption. Some attorneys will provide reduced fee for financial hardship, and a sliding fee scale type of fee structure. Some attorneys will assist in a 'limited scope' manner to conserve legal costs. You are welcome to contact me. All the best to you and your family.
Tricia Dwyer Esq
Tricia Dwyer Esq & Associates PLLC
FAMILY LAW MEDIATOR
CHILDREN & THE LAW
The biological father's rights must be terminated. The simplest fashion for tis to occur, is to locate the father and seek an agreement to terminate parental rights and proceed with a step parent adoption. If he will not agree, a contested termination of parental rights case must be commenced.
Maury D. Beaulier
Attorney at Law