What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?Florida
HI everyone! Okay I need to find out why I do not have "Legal Custody" of my daughter and how to get it. Her father and I have never been married and we broke up when I was three months pregnant. He does not have visitation, does not want visitation, and has basically had nothing to do with his daughter for almost 6 yrs. I was just informed I don't have "legal Custody" from child support enforcement. Her father and I have never gone to court, she has always just been with me. They also told me he could just pick her up from school and well, I wouldn't have any say so. I don't think he would but I don't want to take chances. The other question is, I am about to get married to a wonderful man that has been in mine and my daughter's life. He would love to adopt my daughter as his own and she too would love for him to do such. She has said numerous times she wants us to hurry up and get married so my fiance can be her new daddy. Anyways, do I need her fathers consent or can we do it on an abandonment basis? How long does the father have to be Missing in Action for the courts to consider it abandonment? How do I go about getting this done? Thank you!!!