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Adoption Notices to Genetic Fathers: No to Scarlet Letters, Yes to Good Faith Cooperation
American courts and legislatures have struggled to define the participation rights of genetic fathers in governmental adoption schemes for infants born to unwed mothers as a result of consensual sexual intercourse. Federal ...
Legal Paternity (and Other Parenthood) After Lehr and Michael H.
Actual genetic ties do not always establish, or even help to establish, legal paternity of children born of consensual sex, that is, male parental rights and/or duties as of the time of birth. Paternity status, typically ...
Deserting Mothers, Abandoned Babies, Lost Fathers: Dangers in Safe Havens
Safe Haven laws allow genetic mothers to abandon their newborns with no questions asked. Newborns are then protected from potential abuse or neglect and can be adopted at an early age into loving and welcoming families. ...
Participation of Unwed Biological Fathers in Newborn Adoptions: Achieving Substantive and Procedural Fairness
In newborn adoptions in the United States, the participation rights of too many unwed, fit biological fathers are unfairly considered. Some fathers have little or uncertain information about their children prior to or at ...
Systemically Screwing Dads: Out of Control Paternity Schemes
In 1983 in Lehr v. Robertson, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that paternity opportunity interests for biological fathers in children born to unwed mothers usually implicate federal constitutional life, liberty or property ...