My wife has a 12-year old son from a previous marriage & I would like to adopt him. She has sole custody & his biological father has forfeited all legal rights to him. 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. The attorney will want to view the document or documents governing the biological father having no legal rights. Adoption law is complicated. If your finances are limited, know that some Minnesota licensed attorneys will be willing to assist you in a limited scope manner, to conserve costs. All the best to you and your family.
Tricia Dwyer, Esq.
Tricia Dwyer, Esq. & Associates PLLC
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Your case would have to be reviewed. I am uncertain what you mean when you say the father forfeited all parental rights. Were his rights terminated by a Court? Or were custody and parenting time rights never established? There is a big difference.
Ultimately, if the biological father will agree, you may proceed with an action to terminate parental rights and proceed with a Step Parent adoption.
Maury D. Beaulier
Attorney at Law