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A Change in Utah’s Adoption Law (Part 5 of 5)

by Norris Law Group on March 14, 2014

10893980_sIn early 2013, the Utah court relinquished jurisdiction over the case to Colorado. In December 2013, the adoptive parents and the biological father went in front of a juvenile court judge in Denver, Colorado to sort out the custody of the now 6-year old girl. At that point, the Utah couple proposed a shared custody agreement that would essentially treat him as an out-of-state divorced father with visitation rights. Typically, these visitation rights include alternating holidays and half of the summer. As of this writing, the biological father is still waiting for a decision from the Colorado judge.

On February 18, 2014, the father filed a lawsuit in Utah’s federal district court against his ex-girlfriend, the adoptive parents, and their attorneys for depriving him of his parental rights and essentially kidnapping his daughter. He is asking for at least $120 million in damages.

The father, along with 12 other biological fathers, is currently part of a suit alleging that Utah laws permit “legalized fraud and kidnapping.” One of their main arguments is that Utah’s two former attorneys general knew about the problems with Utah’s Adoption laws, but did nothing for more than a decade to correct the problem. The lawsuit ultimately seeks money damages and having Utah’s Adoption Act be declared unconstitutional.

Attorney Graham Norris and his associates at the Norris Law Group serve the residents of Utah County and throughout Utah in the area of divorce. Contact them today at 801-932-1238 or online for a free consultation.

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