She promised not to give their baby up for adoption as long as he promised not to file a formal paternity action. He complied; she reneged on her promise. But when he tried to protect himself through a paternity action, he was told it was too late: he had already forfeited his rights. The Utah Supreme Court was legally right to deny this unwed father the opportunity to contest the adoption of his child, but why?
Joanna L. Grossman,
He Who Hesitated Lost: Unwed Father in Utah Forfeits Parental Rights VERDICT
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