My niece is 12 years old. Her mother (my sister) got married a few months ago. My brother-in-law would like to adopt my niece.
Here's the situation: my sister and my niece's father were never married. The father has not been around too much in my niece's life. He doesn't pay child support, and is actually in the process of having his license revoked and liens put on his belongings because of it. He refuses to terminate his parental rights, though he doesn't want anything to do with his daughter.
What kind of steps does my sister need to take to terminate the father's rights? Is it a fairly easy process, or do they have to go to court and testify? We just want the easiest/best thing for my niece. How costly can it get?
Thank you for your help!
Gina from WA