I do not know who my daughters biological father is, I recently got married and we are curious of the adoption process. Do we absolutely have to be married for one year? What does the process entail?
Not necessarily. If you and your spouse lived together with the child for a significant period of time prior to getting married then a motion can be filed requesting the Court waive the one year requirement. As for not knowing who the child’s biological father is, you will need to provide notice to all persons that may be the father via personal service or publication and will also need to publish to “john doe” if there is no father listed on the child’s birth certificate. For more detailed answer contact Carrie Cravata for a consultation with our office.