Birth Fathers' Legal Rights in Adoption

Readers asked about the legal rights of birth fathers in domestic adoption. Our expert explains what consents are required.

Our legal expert explains birth father rights in domestic adoption.
Q: What should you know about birth father rights before pursuing a domestic adoption? A: The legal rights of birth fathers are one of the most complicated areas of adoption law. Each state has its own laws, and they vary enough that they conflict with each other. Every adoption involves unique circumstances: Are the father's identity and whereabouts known? Does he know of the pregnancy? Has he taken any action indicating that he wishes custody of the child? The variables ...

Our legal expert explains birth father rights for alleged and presumed fathers, and what prospective adoptive parents need to consider.


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