Looking for advice on what to do. I dont even know where to begin or what my options are. I have an 8 year old whos biological father hasn’t been in her life since she was a year old. He has been in and out of jail for possesion charges since then.
Only thing linking her to that person is her last name thst i desperately want to change.
I am married now to a man who has raised her as his own. I had met with a lawyer a few years ago and he said it would be about 4k just to start and didnt seem to offer more help than that.
I was wondering if there was any sort of abandonment law for this that would terminate his rights?
Also, We were never married, and there is no “custody agreement” when she was a new born and we were together, the state tried to sue him for the medicaid she was receiving so i told them that we live together, which we were at the time, so they wouldnt pursue him for the money.
We went to mediation when she was 6 months old, signed an agreement but apparently it was never filed? Not sure on that.
Thanks for any advice!