My question involves adoption law for the State of: Indiana
I am asking this for my granddaughter. She gave birth to son when she was 15 years old. The child is now 12 years old. Up until about 3 years ago the biological father had visitation. During one visitation CPS got involved as father had a drug problem. He was in and out of jail for the last 3 years and behind on child support. He has now become current on child support and has filed to have visitation re-established as mother has not let him or his family see or speak to the child for 3 years.
She has been living with a man for the last 3 years and he has become like a surrogate father to the child. They are not married. She does not want the biological father or his family to have visitation. She tries to make the argument that the child is in sports and can not be away for visitation. There is a court date scheduled in 2 weeks on father's motion to re-establish visitation.
So now she has decided that she wants her boyfriend to adopt the child. My question is in the State of Indiana can an unmarried man sue for adoption of a non-biological child? Even if the biological father wants to be in the child's life? I don't personally think that what she is doing is right but I am wondering if a court would grant such a request?
If you ask the child, out of ear shot of his mother, he says he would like to see his father again. But his mother gets so upset that he is afraid of making her mad.