Ok My ex-wife and I were married in texas april of 96 and divorced august of 99. During this time we had 2 children born march 97 & november of 98. We divorced with joint custody of the children. After the divorce my ex returned to her home state of Tennessee and I remained in my home state of Texas. With the distance between us so great I was unable to use my visitation. Trusting my ex to know what is best for the children I agreed to refrain from contact with them til they were older instead of being the occasional stranger who pops in from time to time.
Upon her return to Tennessee she moved in with a man and they maintained a live-in relationship til they were married in feb of 04. Then in feb of 05 I get papers for the adoption of my kids by the new stepdad. I called my ex and told her I did not consent to this and would not sign the papers. She told me I had fallen behind on my child support and if I didn't sign she would push to have me thrown in jail. Now at this time I was in bad fincial shape and could not afford to pay and could not afford to be thrown in jail and lose the job I had just got. So though I hated it I signed. Now fast forward to 06 and she and the new adopted dad are getting divorced and he has stripped custody of the kids from her. I get a call from her informing me of the situation and she breaks down and tells me she has been physically abused through the relationship and she was forced to threaten me to get me to sign the papers. She goes on to tell me that once he had custody of the kids his intrest in her dropped to nothing and he was soon kicking her out and keeping the kids.
Now I never wanted to give up my kids, much less watch them go to an abusive stranger who blackmailed them from me. I have since reconciled with my ex and we are getting back together after her divorce is final. Is there any legal way for me to fight his adoption and get my kids back?