Biological fathers could receive notice of adoptions under SB55

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Senate gave preliminary approval Thursday to legislation that would create a mechanism for unmarried biological mothers to biological fathers of pending adoptions.
The letter would notify the father of his rights under Utah law to protest the adoption. The father would have 30 days to register with state declaring his paternity. If the adoption does not occur, the father would be required to pay child support for the child.
If the man fails to file with the state within 30 days of receipt of the certified letter, his rights to protest the adoption would be forfeited.
Sen. Todd Weiler, R – Woods Cross, said states such as Arizona, Indiana and California have similar laws.
“This is not a mandatory notice requirement,” he said, explaining it provides another mechanism for unmarried biological fathers to receive notice and to be informed of their rights. The Senate voted unanimously to send an amended version of SB55 to a final reading in the Senate.

One comment

  1. Launa Taylor

    If it’s not mandatory for notification for Fathers, why is this helpful and how does it give Fathers anymore righs than before?

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