My wife has a child from a previous marriage. The child’s father has had minimal involvement with his child since our marriage and I have been acting as the child’s father. My wife and I would like for me to adopt her child but the father refuses to terminate his parental rights. Can I still adopt my wife’s child without the father’s consent?
Pursuant to Idaho law, both parents must generally consent to an adoption unless specific circumstances exist which eliminate the need for consent. For example, an adoption may proceed without consent if a parent’s parental rights have been terminated. A good family law attorney can advise you whether you would be able to adopt your step-child in your situation. Remember that a general informational series is not a substitute for actual legal representation.