Guardianship, Power of Attorney, vs. Adoption?

I am divorced and my ex lives out of state. He sends support, but never contacts her. When he left a few years ago my brother's best friend was helping us (mow lawn, fix house, etc.). Long story short - we fell in love and he will be her step father. He loves her and has been the acting father figure in her... show more I am divorced and my ex lives out of state. He sends support, but never contacts her. When he left a few years ago my brother's best friend was helping us (mow lawn, fix house, etc.). Long story short - we fell in love and he will be her step father. He loves her and has been the acting father figure in her life longer than my ex was in her life. So to give him parential rights (now and if something were to happen to me), would my ex sign guardianship papers or power of attorney papers? And how are those different than adoption papers? Is there any way to keep my ex paying support, but allow the acting father to have decision making powers?
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