My question involves adoption law for the State of: West Virginia
My fiance and I have been together for almost 3 yrs and will wed this May. She has a 3 yr old daughter. I have supported and raised her the whole time. She looks at me as her father. I wish to adopt her. We currently reside in WV but once my job training is complete we will be relocating elsewhere. We have to go thru the court to do this since my little girl's real father still has all his rights. Now about him. He has little to no contact with his daughter, and when he does she usually ignores him or calls him "guy" (until he tells her to call him dad and then she forgets by the next time) and treats him like she does our friends. He has never paid child support on his own, the only way she has ever gotten it was when Child Services tracks him down and automatically takes it out of his checks.....shortly after this happens, he quits (every time). He is an alcoholic and drug user (at one court hearing he requested drug tests cuz he was accusing my fiance, but he was the one who tested positive for pot and methamphetamine). He has no visitation other than having to come to our place to see her. Also, today he informed us that he was going to be leaving state (to MD). Last time he moved just 40 miles away, we never saw or heard from him till he moved back. Can he do this without going thru the courts like we must? He was going to be willing to terminate his rights until he was informed that I would have to adopt her in order for him to do so. I don't even understand why he hates me so much when I've taken over his responsibilities completely. So basically my main questions are as follows:
1) Can he move out of state without court approval?
2) Are any of these ground for abandonment?
3) How difficult is it going to be for me to adopt her?
4) With him leaving the state, do will still have to go through the court system to relocate?
Any information valuable to this situation would be greatly appreciated. Thank You.