My question involves a child custody case from the State of: NC
Brief Run down:
Bio-father left 7 years ago. He's had no contact till recently. Bio-Fathers parents have stayed involved for childs well being. Bio-father has had legal issues (involving drugs and Credit fraud) that brought him back to his parents care on the condition that he gets his life together and get involved in his daughters life again. He is now seemingly doing better (has a job and a place to live - no car yet).
My wife filed with the courts and went through the process to terminate his legal rights. She posted an ad in the local newspaper (due to not knowing where to contact Bio-father). The rights have been terminated roughly 4 years. We are a bit scared to just let him in full force due to pre-mentioned facts and her pre-exsisting emotional problems from abandonment. However we have allowed a 1x meeting setup with all the mentioned people including myself.
Now that he's back and has the pressure of his parents on him to get involved, he is threatening to take my wife to court to reverse his guardianship standing in my step-daughters life.
He claims that because of the way it was done that he can easily reverse the process and in the same make us pay for his lawyer.
I want to know is this a possiblity of reversing and can the courts make us pay for legal representation?
Also my step-daughter has approached me about adopting her. how could this affect the adoption process if she decides for final that's what she wants to do?
She is 10 years old at the moment.
Please advise with anything that might help us out.