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Question: I am 10 years old and live with my Mom and Step father. When I was 3 years old when my mom and my real dad split up. My mom wouldn't let my dad have any visitation until he took angermangement classes. My dad never took the classes but I know that he wanted to see me. My mom had my dads parental rights taken away and then changed my name to her maiden name. She still gets child support from him is this right? Is it right to collect child support and not let me see my dad? If my mom lets my step dad adopt me can she still get child support from my real dad?
Your mom can recieve child support without your dad having visitation.
Your real dad can get an attorney, or petition the court on his own for the right to see you. If there was ever any kind of abuse in the picture you dad may only get to have supervised visits.
Without knowing your whole story it's difficult to tell you much more than that.
As for the adoption your mom can't "let" your step-dad adopt you, your father would have to sign papers giving up his parental rights first.