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Old 01-12-2018, 01:33 PM   #3
adjusterjack
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Default Re: Would I be able to legally adopt my best friends son?

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Originally Posted by SAQ22 View Post
Missouri

I was wondering, would I be able to legally adopt my best friends son and share joint custody with her even though there is no relationship besides friendship? I have helped her raise him since he was two months old and the baby's dad does not have much to do with him and is in and out of jail. I would love to legally adopt him and share joint custody with her and she agrees with this decision. Is this possible?
I have no idea if that's legal in your state. If it is, you would need the consent of the child's father which would involve him giving up his parental rights.

He might be willing to do that to avoid paying child support but courts are loath to relieve parents of their financial obligations that easily.

I suggest you both talk to a family law attorney.
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