When women find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy, they may turn to family and friends for guidance. In many cases, this includes the birth father of the unborn baby. However, not all birth fathers may be supportive of a woman’s choice to place their child for adoption. This may lead pregnant women to wonder, “Can I give my baby up for adoption without the father’s consent in Arizona?”
Each adoption situation is unique, and adoption situations involving unsupportive or uninvolved birth fathers can be complicated. They must be handled legally and ethically. If you’re a pregnant woman asking, “Does the father have to give consent for adoption?” the first thing you should do is contact attorney Heather Strickland.
MyersStrickland has completed many adoption situations where birth fathers are unsupportive, uninterested, unknown or even enthusiastically involved in the adoption process. The laws regarding adoption without parental consent in Arizona and other states are complicated, so any prospective birth mother should work with an attorney if she has questions about the birth father’s involvement in her adoption plan.
When you contact our law offices, we will talk in depth about your particular situation, your relationship with the baby’s birth father and your options for proceeding with your adoption plan. This advice is always free to you, so please give us a call at 520-327-6041. We will work closely with you to find the best solution to your unplanned pregnancy.
What to Know About Birth Father Rights in Adoption in AZ
Attorney Heather Strickland is committed to making sure any adoption plan you make is right for you and that you’re comfortable with every step. One important part of creating that adoption plan is understanding the role your baby’s father will play in your adoption process.
A birth father’s rights in adoption will be determined by many factors, including his relationship to you and his presence in your (and your baby’s) life. Many prospective birth mothers have complex relationships with their baby’s birth father, and that’s okay. However, that’s why every prospective birth mother will need to work closely with an attorney to ensure her adoption plan is legally sound and handled ethically
In our years of experience assisting pregnant women with their unplanned pregnancies, we’ve come across many different situations with birth fathers, whether they were involved in the adoption process or not. While we usually encourage a birth father to be involved in the adoption process, we also understand there may be situations where a woman is curious about the possibility of adoption without consent from him. Whether that’s because a birth father is abusive, is in jail, is pressuring her into a choice she doesn’t want to make, is unknown or missing, or is involved in any other complicated situation, we can help by explaining what adoption options are available to you.
Likewise, we can also assist you in an adoption plan where the baby’s birth father wants to be involved. For many prospective birth mothers, having a supportive birth father by her side during the process can make it much easier, especially when determining together what kind of life they want for their baby.
A supportive prospective birth father can help you decide what you want your adoption and hospital plan to look like, help you choose an adoptive family for your baby and even be a part of your open adoption with your baby’s adoptive family. He can also be a great source of emotional support during your adoption process. Depending on your relationship, you might invite him to be as involved as he wants to be (and as much as you’re comfortable with) throughout your adoption process. When a birth father chooses to be involved, his birth father rights in adoption dictate that he sign his adoption consent at the same time that you sign yours. Attorney Heather Strickland will help you complete these consent forms.
As an independent law firm, MyersStrickland will work with you to protect your interests as a pregnant woman considering adoption. We will make sure you receive all the unbiased information you need to make the right choice for you, including all you should know about birth father rights in adoption and how they will apply to your situation.
Please contact our law offices today at 520-327-6041 or online here to discuss your circumstances with us for free and with absolutely no obligation to choose adoption.