One of the most important things that any country can do is ensure that the children are well taken care of. Of course, who should do the caregiving is often a matter of dispute. Illinois, like other states, has a high number of child custody cases. One interesting case in Florida has the potential to affect how adoptions are done throughout the country, as well as fathers’ legal rights to raise their own children.
In the case, a father is contending that his wife gave up their baby daughter for adoption without his consent. He is now fighting to get his daughter back from the couple an adoption agency placed her with. Court records indicate that the wife told that adoption agency that she was a single mother, when in fact she was married.
The father, 47, had his attorneys file a motion in family court against the adoption agency; he wants his daughter, now 3 years old, returned to him. At the moment, she is still with the couple that the adoption agency placed her with.
The adoption agency claims that they served the father with a notice about the adoption plan. They also filed a petition alleging abandonment. Additionally, they claim that the father was offered visitation.
The father’s former in-law, his ex-wife’s mother, is on his side. She affirms that his daughter should not have been given away without his consent. She is supporting his efforts to get his daughter back.
This case illustrates how important it is for the rights of parents to be recognized. Of course, the most important right as a parent is to raise his or her own children, which is at the center of child custody cases. Illinois residents who are faced with child custody issues may want to speak with an experienced family law attorney to learn more about their rights in such cases.