It's come up a few times, it is complicated, depending on your exact situation. With a living birth father, it can be difficult, and getting PR for a step dad can be easier. If you search, the old threads should come up.
If birth father is on cert he has PR. How long has it been since you lost contact? Can you find him to ask permission? If not social services will have to. If the child wishes for this then that goes in your favour. Good luck!
It will be tricky then. Contact social services to advise you, but you will be fighting an uphill battle. Prick or not, he will be deemed as having rights 😕. Sorry that is not what you wanted to hear. However, if he pays nothing, and has no contact a court may rule in your favour if the child wants this. Cafcass will become involved to speak on childs behalf etc. Find your local social services to talk it through.
If he has PR, no matter how bad a person it is, this is going to be hard work. It depends on the situation, and the child's feelings, whether it's 'worth' it. Is it worth the risk that he will get his 'day in court', and may be able to ask for contact, either indirect while in prison, or actually face to face once out?
Getting your husband PR may well be very simple, and functionally, not that different to adopting. It's worth making a good solicitor aware of the whole situation, and taking their advice. It isn't adoption or nothing, though, step parents can get PR in addition to the two birth parents.
Even if the father is totally awful, he would still get his opinion listened to, and I know people that have tried this, and the birth father suddenly decides they are interested, and plays merry hell. It is a can of worms.
Is that 'no unsupervised access' court ordered? Because if it's not, it depends what his risk is. And court/CAFCASS versions of 'risk' can be quite different to a mum's. And 'no unsupervised contact' isn't the same as 'no contact', even if the court has ordered it.
You need legal advice, and good legal advice isn't cheap.
If you currently have no contact, and he leaves you alone, poking the hornet's nest is often unwise, but only you know your situation.
I agree....you could make things worse by the sounds of it. Any cases involving children should be covered by legal aid. Find a family solicitor and book an appointment for specialist advice. I hope you find the answers your child wants
I'm not sure you would get legal aid for a step parent adoption? If the child is taken into care, yes. If legal aid is available, I'd expect it's means tested, which it isn't if your child is taken into care.