When you and your spouse married, you knew you were entering a complicated union. Your love was not limited to your spouse because he or she also had a child from a previous relationship. It may not have been your ideal situation, but the more time you spent together as a family, the more you wondered about the possibility of adopting your spouse's child as your own.
Imagine anticipating the birth of your baby daughter, only to find that the infant was given away for adoption without your knowledge or consent. This is exactly what happened to one man who was shocked to learn how few rights he had in relation to his unborn child. After a stressful child custody fight, he was finally able to gain custody of his little girl, and he is now in the process of building a bond with her. His story serves as a warning to unwed fathers in Arizona and across the nation.
An Arizona man retained his parental rights in a ruling by the Court of Appeals, nullifying an adoption by the foster parents. The decision, which was made by the three-judge panel in a 2-to-1 ruling, comes as a decisive reminder to everyone involved in custody proceedings.