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Colorado father asserts his rights to challenge adoption

Recently, the Supreme Court of a neighboring state ruled in favor of a biological father in an adoption case. A Colorado man claimed that he was denied the opportunity to contest an adoption, and the court agreed. The mother of the child in question told the father that she planned to put the baby up for adoption. The Colorado adoption agency contacted the father-to-be, and he asserted his rights to parent the child himself.

However, the mother not only contacted an adoption agency in her home state but also one in a neighboring state. That agency, The Adoption Center of Choice, has been at the center of several contested adoptions, and its license was revoked a year ago. The center claimed that the father had not asserted his rights in its jurisdiction, and therefore, he had no rights concerning the future of the child. 

According to the ruling of the Utah Supreme Court, the Colorado father had no way of knowing that the mother would go to another state. By asserting his rights in his home state, he essentially asserted his rights to raise his child everywhere. It was noted that the court's ruling may help to deter unscrupulous adoption agencies from arranging adoptions based upon fraud and deceit.

All too often, fathers in these types of circumstances are left out of the decision of who will raise their children. Fathers who are facing similar issues have the option of seeking the guidance and support of a family law attorney. An attorney experienced in adoption laws can help protect father's rights and work to achieve a satisfactory result.

Source: sltrib.com, "Colorado man can contest Utah adoption, court rules", Tom Harvey, Feb. 6, 2015

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