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September 29th, 2009, 10:41 PM
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Has anyone had any experience with the adoption process? Ds's father is not in the picture, he's never been on child supprt and didn't sign the birth certificate. Would he then, still have to sign his rights over in order for my s/o to adopt ds? He hasn't seen him since he was 3 mnths or paid any child support, no effort made, etc.
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September 30th, 2009, 02:14 AM
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I'm not sure whether he has legal rights since he's not on the birth certificate.....

In my situation, my ex had to be notified of my Dh's intent to adopt DD. He had 30 days to contest. When he didn't it effectively terminated his parental rights due to lack of interest and Dh was able to adopt her.

But in my case, he was on the birth certificate.

I'd check with a lawyer. They'll usually do a free consult.
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October 3rd, 2009, 08:10 AM
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My ex is on their birth certificate, he originally wanted to sign them over to my DH, but he got mad over something or other and went down and stopped it. I believe if he's not on the birth certificate he's not legally the father, but I'm not too sure on that one, I'd consult a lawyer if I were you.
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October 4th, 2009, 06:54 AM
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In Greece he would have every right he was born with (as a bio dad) no matter if he was in birth certificate or not. Meaning even if he was off the pic completely he could demand DNA and if he was real bio-dad automatically every right would have been his from scratch. But i don't know what goes in the US
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October 8th, 2009, 11:31 AM
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I just went through all this myself. Regardless if he is on the BC or not, if he knows that he is the father and can prove it...either through DNA or what have you...he needs to be given the chance to either have his rights terminated or sign a consent form to have his rights removed.

I only say this because if you were to go through with an adoption and he found out about it, 5 years later he can appear and say that he was not notified and then the adoption would be void.

Even if it is easier to just do it with out him in the picture, it is not worth it with the fact that it could be voided out years later.
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October 8th, 2009, 11:53 AM
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I wish I had advice for you, but since I haven't gone through it I don't. I will add that Becca literally just went through this, I'm sure she can help w/ some details.

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October 8th, 2009, 06:18 PM
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Thanks girls, Great advice Becca. I guess I need to go ahead and get all my ducks in a row.
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