Contested Adoptions & Determination of Paternity
Adoption is considered "happy law" because the attorney is in a position to make a number of people happy. On occasion, however, things go wrong along the way in an adoption story and the parties find themselves before a judge.
When Birth Parents Change Their Minds
A biological mother or father may contest the adoption on the basis of one of the following factors:
- The biological father may claim that he was never informed of the birth of the child and never had the opportunity to terminate or retain parental rights.
- The biological mother or father may contest the jurisdiction of the court.
- She or he may contest the validity of the consent document on technical grounds.
- She or he may contend that consent to terminate parental rights was obtained under fraud or duress.
- A biological parent may seek to derail an adoption in process in order to pursue placement of the child with another potential adoptive parent of his or her choosing.
I am well versed and experienced in adoption disputes and will represent clients in cases of adoption complications when birth parents reappear or seek to stop the finalization of an adoption at the last minute.
Representing Any Party in a Contested Adoption
No matter what type of contested adoption you are involved in, I can help. You may be a biological father opposing the proposed step-parent adoption of your child, a would-be adoptive mother or father, or a grandparent seeking guardianship or to assert rights to custody or visitation. I can also help if you are a foster parent seeking to formalize an already established parent-child relationship through adoption or if you are in need of counsel regarding paternity issues.