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Pennsylvania dad hoping for custody of daughter he hasn't met

Issues involving child custody for Pittsburgh residents are not uncommon. When a relationship between two parents, whether they are married or not, comes to an end, those parents don't always see eye to eye on that aspect of family law.

Of course, many of these cases involve parents volleying for custody of a child they have raised together. It is possible, however, that one of the parents angling for custody has never even met the child that he or she wishes to raises. But that's the circumstance facing one Pennsylvania dad whose daughter was adopted out to another family without his knowledge.

The man was serving in Afghanistan as a contractor back in 2010 when his girlfriend gave birth; she had a girl. However, when he returned to the United States, the woman told him that she'd instead had a son who died shortly after his birth.

In reality, however, the woman had flown from Pennsylvania to Utah to give birth, where she surrendered the child to an adoption agency. However, the man didn't find out that information until after Utah said he had waited for too long to challenge the adoption.

A court there, however, recently ruled that the man's constitutional rights were violated by what the girl's mother had done, and allowed his case to proceed. He is now likely to have a new hearing on his case soon.

Biological parents who wish to re-establish their parental rights in Pennsylvania can work with an experienced family law attorney, who can assist them.

Source: WNEP-TV, "Update: Williamsport Man Gets New Chance at Custody of Child He’s Never Seen," Dave Bohman, Feb. 26, 2014

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