Can my boyfriend adopt my daughter if we are unmarried?
Her biological father and I are divorced, and he's made no effort to see her since she was 1 year old (when we split). She is 5 now. I have taken care of her solely and never filed support against him. He's had no involvement in our lives, and lives in Maine. He is listed on her birth certificate as the biological father however. I met my boyfriend about a year ago, and am having a baby with him. He wants to adopt my daughter, and is the only father she's ever known. We plan to get married next summer. Do we need to be married in order for him to adopt her? What are my chances of being granted involuntary termination of her biological father's parental rights, if he refuses to sign off voluntarily? Again, he's had no involvement in our lives at all for 4 years.