Acting Quickly Is Key When Contesting Adoption – Part 2

December 7th, 2016

If you have recently found out that your child may be adopted by their stepparent or another adult, our Beaverton family law attorney suggests acting fast.

Man in thoughtFirst, file the appropriate legal documents that give you your parental rights. Once you have parental rights, you can contest the adoption.

To obtain parental rights, you must determine if you’re the presumed or putative father.

Presumed Father
You are the presumed father if you established paternity before the adoption process or you were married to the mother of your child during pregnancy.

Putative Father
Putative means “generally considered to be.” If the conditions of presumed father don’t apply, then you likely need to legally establish your relationship with your child.

If this is your situation, it might help to find out if you need to file for paternity acknowledgments in court, sign putative father registries, and do other acts outlined in Oregon statutes 109.094 and 109.225. Doing so may allow you to receive consideration as a presumed father.

Regardless of whether you’re a presumed or putative father, consider acting quickly to stop the adoption of your child.

To read part one of this series, click here.

If you need to contest an adoption in Beaverton or fear you might have to contest an adoption in the future, contact an experienced family law attorney like Ronald Johnston.

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