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Birth Father Legal Rights in Domestic Adoption

An adoption attorney explains what you need to know about the legal rights of birth fathers.

By Diane Michelsen

the legal rights of birth fathersThe legal rights of a birth father are one of the most complicated areas of adoption law. Each state has its own adoption laws, often conflicting with those of other states. It is difficult to know which state’s laws would prevail, for example, if the birth mother resides in one state, the birth father in another, and the adopting parents in a third. (Ordinarily, the laws of the state where the baby is born or the laws of the state where the adoption will be completed are followed.) Adoptions involve unique situations with unique fact patterns. The variables of each situation — Are the father’s identity and whereabouts known? Does he know of the pregnancy? Is he married to the birth mother? Has he taken any action indicating that he wishes custody of the child?—determine which laws will come into play and how they will affect the parties. For this reason, I strongly recommend the services of a skilled adoption attorney

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