On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Child Custody on Friday, January 3, 2014.
We have spent a lot of time on our blog writing about fathers who have gone to extreme lengths to make sure they are involved in the lives of their children — often through legal means. One way that many of our readers might not have considered involves a section of the law that is usually levied against organized crime, rather than child custody issues.
The attorney involved in the case admits that invoking RICO — the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act — might be a long shot. However, he says, several groups and individuals conspired to have a child that the man fathered be illegally adopted without his knowledge.
Apparently, the child’s mother became pregnant with the man’s child when she was still married to another man. The woman told the father in this case that she planned to put the child up for adoption. The man said he did not want that to happen, and that he would care for the child by himself if he had to.
The man says that the baby would be born via C-section on a certain date; however, he says, the woman actually gave birth two weeks before that and immediately gave the child up to adoption. By the time he learned of the baby’s birth, the child had already been placed with adoptive parents.
The man and his attorney say their legal action is, at least in part, designed to draw attention to fathers’ rights. It isn’t clear how the case will turn out, but it seems as though that objective might have been accomplished.
Source: KSL-TV, “Unwed father alleges racketeering in adoption lawsuit,” Emiley Morgan and Carole Mikita, Dec. 30, 2013