My question involves adoption law for the State of: IN
I am interested in attempting to adopt the paternal rights to child. I am married but not to the mother of the child. I am in no way biologically related to the child. The child's mother would likely not sign off of her rights. However I believe the child's father might voluntarily sign off of his rights. Since potentially only the father would sign off, I would have to pursue "adopting" the paternal rights to the child only rather than both myself and my wife adopting the child completely.
There is a long back story, but those are the basics.
Is there any realistic situation in which a court might allow such an adoption of only the paternal rights to a 3rd party male with no biological relationship who is also not married to the biological mother? I contacted one local attorney and she said no, the only option would be a step-parent adoption which I wouldn't fall under. I'm trying to determine if it's worth pursuing other attorney's to assist or if this is a pipe dream.