Im looking for some advice on adopting my step daughters they are 15 and 8 i have no idea what options are or what the

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Customer: im looking for some advice on adopting my step daughters they are 15 and 8 i have no idea what options are or what the first steps are. the 8 year old's father is not in the picture, how ever the 15 years old's is and im thinking some form of guardianship not full adpotion might be better for her?
JA: What state are you in? Guardianship law varies by location.
Customer: auckland new zealand
JA: Do the biological parents consent to the guardianship?
Customer: the mother does the 15 year olds father amy cause issues hence the thought i would go for guardianship not adoption
JA: Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: i don't believe so
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You may be better to get yourself appointed as an additional guardian for your stepdaughters. That would be quite a lot easier than an adoption. These days the courts are more reluctant to cut ties with the biological parents, And being an additional guardian would probably cover most of what you are concerned about. If you did want to adopt the younger child, you would still need to try to get consent of her biological father. If he is unlikely to cooperate or difficult to find, that could add quite a lot of cost with your lawyer. So being an additional guardian where you have been the stepfather for many years is reasonably likely to be approved by the family Court and it doesn't cut out the biological father's

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The younger child has no father was a one night stand is not mentioned on the birth certificate we dont even have a first name does that change anything
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Then it is necessary to apply for consent to be dispensed with for an adoption. That can be done
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