My question involves adoption law for the State of: Arizona (maricopa county)
We have been trying to have my husband do a step-parent adoption, but in order for that to happen we need the birth father to give up his parental rights. He originally said he would, so we've started the process and put some money into already. It appears as though he (the birth father) has since changed his mind because he has yet to return the consent forms
The county court said I did not need to have a lawyer and that I could file a "petition for termination of parental rights" on my own but that I had to find the papers, as they do not have them.
Can anyone tell me where to find these forms?
I have been on google and every other site for hours trying with no luck!
I'm tired and stressed, as I bet the birth father was hoping for. He hasn't even spoken with my son in a year!That was only for a few mins. Before that is was 5 months. No b-day calls, no x-mas calls. No letters. Nothing. I had to track him down through a friend just to have the consent forms sent via the friend. I have a phone number, but he never returns my calls. I hear reliable stories of constant drug and alcohol abuse. I am just at a loss and can't afford a lawyer...
Oh, and there has never been a child support order. I was always the "bread winner" and we split nicely. So when we did split we left the custody part untouched. He continued contact for a while. But with the birth father falling out of the picture the way he did...