Nov 20, 2008, 07:49 AM
Is it possible to go through adoption without a lawyer? If so, how long will the process take? My son's biological father never acknowledged him and he lives in Europe. He was never added to the birth certificate, never paid child support and never had contact since my son was 6 months (that's when he told me he doesn't think he's the father and that he is getting married). No more contact after that. I was never married to him. My husband took the responsibility of taking care of my son since he was 1 year old and now that he is 5 and started school, we wanted to go through adoption to make it official and so we can also change his last name. Do we still need to find ways to contact the biological father and ask him to relinquish his rights even though his name was never on the birth certificate? I made the mistake of using a hyphenated name for my son. What's the fastest and most economical way of going through the process? Thank you.