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thanks for those tips.....
is it really necessary to go through a lawyer for this? just out of curiousity because there is no way in well you get the picture we could even begin to afford such a thing. I believe I had read somewhere online that I can file the petition to have his rights stripped for Free and I believe that once we're married we can change her name, its the actual "adobtion" itself we're really unsure of how to accomplish because all of the sites I've found only talk about regular adoption not step-parent adoption.
thanks for the advice so far though its much appreciated
Some states won't let you do the TPR until there's a stepparent ready to adopt, so you may have to wait until you are married to do so. The name change can be effected at the time of the adoption, or independently of it (but, again, you may need bio-dad's permission if it's done when he's still legally her father--or, at least, you may need to attempt to get his permission--so it might be easier to just do it all at once, because he won't have a say if it's done at the adoption).
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