April 24, 2012
VA Interference with Paternal Rights
From the Salt Lake Tribune:
The Supreme Court of Virginia on Friday gave new life to the legal battle over a child known as Baby Emma by ruling her father was "purposefully kept in the dark" about her Utah adoption and could argue in federal court that the proceedings interfered with his parental rights.
In a split decision, the justices said John Wyatt could pursue monetary damages in federal court for loss of companionship, mental anguish, loss of services and expenses incurred in his fight to recover his now 3-year-old daughter. Wyatt has a lawsuit pending in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Mark McDermott, a Virginia attorney; A Act of Love, a Utah adoption agency; Lorraine Moon, the agency employee who facilitated the adoption; Larry Jenkins, a Utah attorney; and the adoptive parents.
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It sounds like the VA Supreme Court Justices had a difficult time issuing a decisive ruling in this one.
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