My question involves a child custody case from the State of: LA
my child is 7yrs old and her father hasnt seen her in 6 yrs. his name has never been on the birth certif. and so she has my last name. he only pays the ordered amount of child support and does not provide medical (that was in the papers). again she has not seen him in 6 yrs and he has not asked either
i have recently gotten married and we now want the spouse to adopt her. first the bio father has to give up his rights and then my spouse can adopt her.
my questons are, (1) do i need a lawyer to mail him a letter asking the father this or can i ask him? (2) if he is willing what happens next (3) if he is not willing, what rights might he still have after 6 yrs of no contact & what could he fight for in court if he wanted to?
a lot of questions but we were never married so the laws are confusing. i have sole custody and he, like i said is not on the birth certif. there was a DNA test that proves he is in fact the father.