Stephen J. Buhler, Attorney at Law

Utah father reunited with child after adoption debacle

A father is seeking physical custody within 60 days of his daughter this week, as he has already won the court case. The 31-year-old man and his then-wife were reportedly having marital issues before the baby was due, something that ended up in a tangle of miscommunications which resulted in his ex contacting an adoption agency.

By contacting this agency, the woman was brought to Utah, from the Texas home she shared with her husband, to give birth. With her then-husband home on military leave, and still paying for the home he set up for his family, he was unable to reach his wife. When he found out she was no longer pregnant, she informed him of her actions; she had given birth to the child in Utah and given it to an adoptive family.

The man contacted the agency, who would give him no information on his daughter. The adoptive couple proceeded with the adoption and asked that the man's parental rights be taken away because he "abandoned the natural mother during her pregnancy" and had not carried out other responsibilities they saw necessary for a father.

The couple was still married at the time of the child's birth, and Utah law clearly states that consent of the married father is required before any steps in the adoption process can take place. After numerous court hearings, his daughter that was put up for adoption without his consent or knowledge has finally been reunited with her father.

Source:, "Father is ready to turn page on Utah adoption horror story," Brooke Adams, Dec. 3, 2012

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