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Fathers' rights | You can take action against unwanted adoption

By now, most unmarried fathers understand the importance of establishing paternity early on to protect their fathers' rights. In fact, the father of a child must consent to an adoption before it can take place legally. Despite this, many fathers in New York and across the nation have lost their child to an unwanted adoption.

How does such a thing happen? The first thing to understand is that establishing paternity may not be enough to stop an adoption in its tracks. Here is a scenario for you to consider.

An unmarried father wants to co-parent his child. He decides that establishing paternity is the most important thing in the world. He participates in DNA testing to establish he is the child's biological father. Feeling that he is now protected, he decides to build a life that would be in the best interests of the child. He gets a good job and begins saving money. He may even work two or more jobs to accomplish this goal. Unfortunately, in his struggle to succeed, he fails to maintain adequate contact with the child.

Establishing paternity is just the first step. A father must always fight for the right to be with his child even if he is experiencing financial hardships or other problems. This means supporting the mother during pregnancy and after the baby is born. It also means demonstrating on a consistent basis your desire to participate in the child's life.

There is one more thing a father can do to delay or prevent adoption. He can consult with a family law attorney about his situation. Acquiring legal representation could make all the difference in whether or not a father's child can be adopted out from under him. Contact one of our attorneys for more specific information about your concerns.

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