I already have been in contact with a birth mother regarding a potential adoption in Arizona, but does the birth father also have rights?

The birth father does have rights when it comes to Arizona adoption. In fact, birth fathers have many of the same rights as birth mothers. For the most part, if the father is known, attempts must be made to notify him. If he is contacted, he also must have the opportunity to consent to the adoption placement.

Arizona has a "putative father registry" for birth fathers. This allows a birth father to register his claim of paternity and receive notification of adoption proceedings while protecting the security of the adoption. A birth father who registers before the birth or within the 30 days after the birth has the right to be notified of any adoption-related judicial hearing.

If you are seeking adoption in Arizona and have questions about how the birth father may affect your case, contact a Maricopa family law attorney with Curry, Pearson & Wooten today at 1-888-929-5292.

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