Assignment 3

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Memorandum From: Harlee Cuomo To: Marvin Longabaugh Date: June 2, 2015 Re: Parental Rights in Regards to Adoption Relevant Facts Alex and his girlfriend, Elizabeth, live within the state of Washington. Alex is twenty-seven and his girlfriend is twenty-one. Elizabeth wants to become a cardiologist one day. Alex finds out that Elizabeth is pregnant and wants to give the baby up for adoption. Alex, however, wants to be a parent to the unborn child. Both Elizabeth and her parents believe the baby would be better off with a stable married couple. Statutes Rev. Code Wash. (ARCW) §§ 26.26.101, 26.26.116, 26.26.305, 26.26.505, 26.33.160, 26.33.170 Questions 1) What are Alex’s rights, if any, in this situation? Outline the steps Alex would go…show more content…
(2) An alleged father’s, birth parent’s, or parent’s consent to adoption may be dispensed with if the court finds that the proposed adoption is in the best interests of the adoptee and: (a) The alleged father, birth parent, or parent has been found guilty of rape under chapter 9A.44 RCW or incest under RCW 9A.64.020, where the adoptee was the victim of the rape or incest; or (b) The alleged father, birth parent, or parent has been found guilty of rape under chapter 9A.44 RCW or incest under RCW 9A.64.020, where the other parent of the adoptee was the victim of the rape or incest and the adoptee was conceived as a result of the rape or incest.” Elizabeth has the right to place the baby up for adoption if either of those scenarios apply however if they do not then Alex has the right to contest the adoption and take the child under his own care. The likely outcome in this case is to allow Alex to raise the child once paternity is established. The reason for this is that Elizabeth will go full term and have the child regardless of who ends up raising the baby. Due to this information the father should have the right to raise the child with or without the consent of Elizabeth. Once Alex establishes paternity it can be concluded that he will receive full parenting rights and be able to

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