To accomplish an adoption, you and your partner may need to marry. Then you and the partner must file suit for an adoption and give notice to the father of the child. It sounds likely that the father would be agreeable, and if he is, he can sign an affidavit to that effect. It depends on the judge concerning whether an attorney would be appointed to represent the child, an attorney ad litem, but should be expected in this circumstance. If so, you can expect to pay that attorney as well. Additionally, the Court may and probably will require an adoption social study be completed, which includes an another fee. My initial retainer for an adoption would $2500.00 plus the filing fees. Please contact me at the number below since this is a Dallas County area matter. We should probably set up an appointment to further discuss the situation. An initial 30 minute consultation is $100.00.
Call 214-373-9292 or contact us to discuss your concerns.