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How Can Paternity Help Stop the Adoption of A Child?

D'Angelo & Grabow, LLP April 5, 2019

Adoption is a special process that unites a child with a family that wishes to grow in size, thereby creating a legal relationship between parents and the child. While some families grow through the birth of biological children, adoption creates equally important bonds between kids and their adoptive parents. Wisconsin families can choose to adopt children from within the United States or may look to grow their families through international paths.

When a person decides that they would like to adopt a child domestically they must complete a number of requirements. Only children that have been given up for adoption by both of their biological parents may be eligible for adoption by others. If a birth father does not want his child to be given to another family then he must object to the process.

In order for a man to be recognized as a birth father he may have to submit to paternity testing. Particularly when a woman is not married to the father of her child, that man may have to take on the responsibility of showing that he is in fact the father of her child. Without proof that a man is a child’s biological father, that man may not be able to intervene if the mother of his child decides that she wants the child to be made eligible for adoption.

Therefore, paternity can be an important part of stopping an adoption that may place a man’s child in the home of another family. Men who fear that their children may be adopted after birth should consult with family law attorneys about their rights regarding paternity and how they can best exercise them.