- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Utah Supreme Court has ruled that an unmarried father, whose child was placed for adoption without his knowledge, forfeited his parental rights by not filing a paternity action under a deal he agreed to with his son’s mother.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (https://bit.ly/1E5HsFD ) Jake Strickland’s girlfriend, Whitney Vivian Demke, had promised not to place the child for adoption if Strickland agreed not to file a paternity action. Despite the agreement, she finalized adoption arrangements without telling him.

The high court on Aug. 11 upheld a district judge’s denial of Strickland’s motion to intervene in the adoption proceeding because of his failure to comply with Utah’s Adoption Act.

Strickland has also filed suit in Utah’s federal court alleging the adoption was illegal. He is seeking $130 million in damages.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com


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