adoption

@aztcgirl (267)
United States
February 17, 2009 4:08pm CST
my daughter calles my husband her dad and has called him that for a whie since she was little he wants to adopt her as his own but i dont know if it under legal guardian ship or if it under adoption i have called my court and they dont know jack they tell me i got to start a case but i dont know how to or where to start. can someone help me please
1 response
@jonesy123 (3951)
• United States
17 Feb 09
Legal guardianship would make your husband her guardian and give him the right to make decisions for her that he currently wouldn't be able to such as medical or educational decisions. Guardianship can be taken away again. Also, a judge would probably wonder why your husband would need guardianship. It would terminate some of your rights as a parent. Now adoption would give him full parental rights just like a father and it could not be taken away again, well at least not easily. Parental rights aren't terminated as easily as a guardianship. Your parental rights would not be limited as they would be if your husband would take guardianship. Adoption would also give your daughter your husband's last name, if so desired. So guardianship is really not what you want but adoption. Now, the child's birth father still has parental rights, which aren't that easily terminated, even if he is not in the picture, unless he is deceased. He has to give his permission to the adoption. The permission can be substituted by court decision, if he doesn't react to notifications and such or is seen unfit. You really should consult with a family lawyer, who will file the necessary paperwork and who can advice you of the proceedings. Often initial consultations are free. Call around and see, if you can find one. They'll be able to tell you the costs and such, too.
@aztcgirl (267)
• United States
17 Feb 09
thanks i dont want her biological father knowing and so i was told to ut a false address for his location. her father has my son he willing to give up his aprent al right if i give up mine but im not giving up my right to my soni ahve m ore contact with my son then he does his daughter he not eve in the picture
@aztcgirl (267)
• United States
17 Feb 09
which type of paperwork would i need to get from the curts to file i cant affoord and attorney