Utah is a very pro-adoption state. In situations where the biological parents are not married, a biological father must file with the State in order to protect his rights. If he does not do so, before a petition for adoption is filed, he will lose his rights as a father and does not even need to be notified of the adoption much less consent to it. These requirements have forced out of state mothers choose to come to Utah to give birth and then place the child for adoption.
A statute recently signed into law by Governor Herbert, now gives biological fathers more protection in these out of state cases. The law now requires a biological mother to have lived in the State for at least 90 days or file information with the Court about the biological father. If she files the information with the Court, then the Court may order the mother to notify the father, before she can put the baby up for adoption.
At Richards, Brinley & Richards Law Group, PLLC. we keep apprised of changes in the law. If you live in Weber, Davis or Salt Lake Counties, or any of the surrounding areas and are considering adoption, come in now for a free initial consultation, 801-621-7443