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Contested Second Parent Adoption: How to Successfully Argue Abandonment

Posted by Sarah-Kathryn Bryan | Jun 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

By statute, a biological parent who has abandoned their child is not entitled to notice of a second-parent adoption.  However, many of our clients seeking a second-parent adoption worry that, should the biological parent learn about the pending Petition for Adoption, they may intervene in the adoption case.  

Who Has to Prove Child Abandonment in an Alaska Adoption Case?

In a contested second parent adoption case where abandonment by the biological parent is alleged, the court must find both that an adoption is in the best interests of the child and that the biological parent abandoned the child who are subject to the petition for adoption.  The petitioner carries the burden of proving both of these factors.

Experienced Adoption Attorneys in Alaska

If you have questions about whether the biological parent of your child has committed abandonment, or wish to have legal counsel as you seek a second-parent adoption, call Shortell Law LLC at (907)272-8181.

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Sarah-Kathryn Bryan

Sarah Kathryn Bryan is an associate attorney at Shortell Law LLC. Ms. Bryan handles cases in family law, business, employment, estate planning and general civil litigation. To work with Ms. Bryan, please call Shortell Law LLC at (907)272-8181.

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