My question involves adoption law for the State of: Virginia.
So I have been my in "daughter's" life ever since she was born. I took a paternity test already knowing I wasn't the biological father, but was curious because there was a chance. We know who the biological father is but he doesnt even know he has this child. My wife and him had ended on a bad note before the birth and her showing, so there hasn't been much of any contact and he never seemed to add two and two together. We want me to adopt and for her to take my last name (currently she has her maiden name), but no one seem to understand that we dont want to notify the biological father. One he was very abusive and two we dont want to risk losing our daughter. She only knows me as her father, so she would be devasted if any of this surfaced. Please Help with any advice to get this long overdue milestone completed.