Every state has different adoption laws. A birth father’s rights vary from state to state. In Missouri, usually both birth parents must consent to the adoption. However, there are exceptions to the rule.
A Birth Father’s Rights Are Complicated
Relationships can be messy, and any number of scenarios could result in an unplanned pregnancy. For instance, the birth parents were in a relationship but broke up before discovering the pregnancy. Or the couple is still in a relationship but disagrees on handling the pregnancy. Sometimes a woman is uncertain about who the father is, and other times she hesitates.
You Can’t Locate Him
It is best when both parents consent to the adoption. But in certain states and under particular circumstances, having the birth father’s consent isn’t always necessary. For instance, if you aren’t sure of the father’s whereabouts, you may be able to move forward without his consent if you can prove a reasonable attempt to contact him. Once again, this rule varies on a case-by-case basis.
He Is Unsupportive
Men respond differently to the news of an unplanned pregnancy. He may deny paternity, pressure his partner to get an abortion, or refuse to consider adoption.
If the birth father is unsupportive, it’s essential, no matter what, that you make the best decision for you and your baby. Explain your reasoning for choosing adoption. If the birth father has abandoned your child for a certain period of time, in some states, his consent for placing your baby for adoption may not be required. If the birth father denies paternity, his consent may be unnecessary.
An Unknown Birth Father
Life happens, and sometimes you are unsure who your baby’s father is. You may need to contact all parties that may have an interest. If no one is interested in fathering the child, in our experience, you can most likely finalize the adoption without getting consent.
Contact Us To Discuss Your Situation
As you can see, you need an adoption professional’s assistance to finalize an adoption legally. We can discuss your situation in detail and explain the adoption process. We are familiar with our state’s adoption laws, but we can also assist anyone from another state.
This blog is for informational purposes only. This is not legal or medical advice. While we try our best to reflect current laws with accuracy at the time of writing, please note the laws can change over time.