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North Carolina man hopes to meet his son

One North Carolina father spent Father's Day alone, hoping to some day meet his son. The North Carolina father has pictures of his son, and prizes one specifically. The photo shows his son holding up his left hand. The man finds this particularly moving because he is left-handed himself. The North Carolina man was not aware that he had a son until he found out through a mutual friend in 2011. His son was 6 months old at the time and had been put up for adoption by the man's ex-girlfriend. He has been fighting for custody ever since.

Over the last two years, the North Carolina resident has spent over $100,000 and put in many hours of effort fighting to get custody of his son. The North Carolina father had a DNA test done, and the DNA test verified that he is the father of the child. He had never signed over his parental rights and does not intend to do so.

The man went to court over the custody of his child but was surprised when he lost his case. He is presently attempting to appeal the case, so he can gain custody of his child. It has been over two years since he first learned that he was a father.

In many states, including North Carolina, a woman does not need the consent of the father to put a child up for adoption. The father does, however, need to be notified of the woman's intent to give the child up for adoption, and the father will be allowed a hearing if he objects to it. In this case, the father was not notified, but the case may not be that clear because under certain circumstances a woman simply needs to post a notice of her intent if she cannot locate the father. Men need to be extremely vigilant about their custody rights because the law does not afford them very much protection. A family law attorney may be able to help this man and others like him appeal for their custody rights.

Source: WWay News Channel 3, "Dad spends Father's Day alone, with hopes to meet his son", Alyssa Rosenberg, June 16, 2013

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