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Family law, custody complications could affect California parents

Many stories regarding the adoption of a child are heart warming. However, some adoption cases are not what they seem and could face complications if the biological parents begin to show interest in enforcing their parental rights for the child or children involved. As a result, both the biological and prospective adoptive parents may need information on such a family law proceeding.

A case currently underway in another state may interest California residents. CBS News reported that the child at the center of the dispute is a 3-year-old girl who was adopted by a couple in 2015. Apparently, the couple began fostering the child while she was only 3 weeks old. and later sought to adopt her. The child had been taken from her biological mother's custody due to the woman's drug problems, and in 2013, the woman consented to the young girl's adoption.

Now, the girl's biological father -- who was recently released from jail -- wants to gain custody of the child. A panel of judges recently ruled that the adoption was not valid because statutory grounds were not met to terminate the father's parenting rights. The man has apparently shown great interest in being a part of the child's life even while he was imprisoned as he apparently wrote letters to her and to the Department of Social Services about her. The prospective adoptive parents have requested a re-hearing in hopes of gaining a ruling in their favor. 

Complicated cases revolving around adoption and/or the custody of a child can weigh heavily on everyone involved. Therefore, California parents who may be facing similar circumstances might want to determine what options they have for addressing such family law issues. Speaking with experienced attorneys could help them determine what legal routes may be best for them.

Source: CBS News, "Emotional custody battle for South Carolina adoptive family", Feb. 7, 2017

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