Child custody disputes can be especially difficult for fathers, whose rights are often overlooked. Fathers’ rights cases can be complex, so it is important for any father fighting for custody of a child to fully understand all legal options available under the law. One Texas father is currently fighting for the right to raise his daughter.
The father in the case was working in South Carolina as a drill instructor while his pregnant wife remained in Texas. The child was born two weeks premature, and the father was not present at the birth. His wife reportedly left Texas to have the child in Utah but did not inform her husband. After the child was born, the woman put the baby up for adoption.
She cut off all contact from her husband and reportedly led the adoption agency to believe that her husband was not interested in being a father to the girl. The child was placed with an adoptive family without the father’s knowledge or consent. The adoptive family was informed that the father wanted the child back, but they moved forward with the adoption. They apparently acknowledged a warning that the birth father would likely contest the adoption if he were to ever find out about it, but that did not deter them from adopting the girl.
Despite the wife’s assertion to the adoption agency that her husband was not interested in raising the child, the husband was reportedly involved during the pregnancy. He accompanied his wife to prenatal visits. The man also received permission from his commanding officers to be present for the birth of the child.
The journey to get the girl back has taken 21 months. The father has only seen his daughter twice in that time. A judge involved with the case noted that the birth mother deceived her husband as well as the adoption agency and the adoptive family. The judge gave the adoptive family 60 days to return the child to her biological father.
There are laws that protect the relationship between a father and child. Fathers seeking custody of their children should understand all legal options available to them, so they can continue to be a part of their children’s lives.
Source: The Inquisitr, “Soldier’s Wife Gives Baby Up For Adoption While Dad Is Gone, Takes Nearly Two Years To Get Her Back,” Dec. 6, 2012